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How might automated cars affect real estate development?

On Behalf of | Jun 9, 2017 | Development |

Developing real estate can be endlessly complex, especially in southern California, where we have a tendency to be well ahead of the curve in the areas of regulations and guidelines for property development. As new technological advances change the landscape of how we think about building cities and creating spaces that stand the test of time, the process only becomes more complicated.

One of the most interesting and frustrating advances we are experiencing right now is the advent of automated vehicles. Just as the advent of the automobile more than a hundred years ago changed how we built cities and developed properties, so might the dawn of automated vehicles change how developers plan out a space.

One of the struggles in trying to plan around the inevitability of driverless cars, especially in California, where we are likely to adapt them sooner than other areas of the country, is the uncertainty surrounding what traffic and parking will look like with many fewer drivers.

This shift in the landscape of development may reshape how we think about multi-use spaces and residential areas alike. If automated cars remove much of the need for personal vehicles, how much longer must developers accommodate drivers in their designs?

Furthermore, if fewer cars clog up the roads, we may need much less acreage devoted to roadways in general. The issue could literally lead to a complete restructuring of how we think about building every kind of space.

No matter what kind of development you may be getting into, the rules and regulations are always difficult to stay ahead of. With proper legal counsel, you can ensure that you keep within proper procedures and keep your rights protected as you build your project.

Source: Curbed, “As self-driving cars hit the road, real estate development may take new direction,” Patrick Sisson, accessed June 09, 2017