One of the first cities to fully embrace self-driving cars will be Beverly Hills, if all goes to plan. The city council has unanimously voted for driverless cars as means of public transportation #automagic
The town’s wisest will create a program to allow “on-demand, point-to-point transportation” for citizens; they would just use their smartphones to call for a car, like they use apps to call for cabs. The council doesn’t want to replace existing public transportation but augment it, serving as a link from home to the future subway – Purple Line Extension.
MASS (Municipal Automated Shuttle System), as they’re calling it for now, would work perfectly in Beverly Hills since the place provides great climate conditions, infrastructure and covers only 5.7 square miles.
Their first step will be to reach Tesla and Google for “potential partnerships” that would eventually lead to policy frameworks, in the end delivering pilot programs.
It’s not hard to imagine Beverly Hills full of driverless cars in the near future, as the city is a favorite amongst celebrities and billionaires. We imagine that even ordinary folks will jump at the occasion of having all the privacy in the world on the road, without actually driving their own car.