Iowa City Begins Planning Ahead for Autonomous Vehicles

As automated vehicles edge nearer, Iowa City officials hope a newly released plan will help the community adapt to the new technology as it arises.

The recently published Iowa City Automated Vehicles Adaptation and Equity plan — completed by students in the University of Iowa’s School of Urban and Regional Planning — provides a look at how Iowa City could incorporate automated vehicles into the city’s transit offerings, while also exploring the effects of the growing use of various forms of transit.

Among the suggestions in the report are overhauling bus routes to incorporate automated door-to-door service for riders and requiring fewer parking spaces in new developments.