Commissioners To Require All Dade Transportation Projects To Account For Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars are already starting to show up on Dade roadways, and county officials want to be ready for more widespread usage.

Later today, commissioners are expected to vote on a resolution requiring all future transportation and transit studies to consider the impact of autonomous vehicles.

Dade’s Metropolitan Planning Organization has already unanimously adopted a similar resolution.

The resolution up for a vote:

WHEREAS, technological advances continue to change the manner in which people travel; and

WHEREAS, the development of autonomous cars could change the very landscape of the transportation structure; and

WHEREAS, those communities who prepare for this upcoming technological development will be best able to adjust and capitalize on its potential benefits to improve safety and reduce congestion on its roadways; and

WHEREAS, transportation planning should take into account potential technological impacts; and

WHEREAS, considering the potential impact of autonomous cars on traffic patterns would assist Miami-Dade County in developing more effective transit and transportation solutions; and

WHEREAS, the Miami-Dade Metropolitan Planning Organization unanimously adopted a resolution requiring the consideration of the use of autonomous vehicles in future transportation and transit studies,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS OF MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, FLORIDA, that this Board directs the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee to consider the prospective use of autonomous vehicles in planning future transportation and transit routes and projects and further directs the County Mayor or County Mayor’s designee to request the Metropolitan Planning Organization to coordinate with the County regarding future studies of autonomous vehicles.

 

 

 

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Anonymous
5 years ago

Self driving cars eh ? Wide spread them in traffic eh ? You know what would be nice ? A self driving light rail with more lines going everywhere.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Excellent observation. The mayor and commissioners and MPO pretend in theory to be forward thinking visionarys with resolutions to remedy the traffic nightmare here, yet in practice just sit on their hands in silence with Zero real live practical alternative solutions to break the gridlock, which is detrimental to our economy if you can’t move people and commerce around.

Anonymous
5 years ago

If commissioners and the mayor want to ” reduce congestion on our roadways ” you could bond out and fund tomorrow Baylink and a east west new MerroRail line from FIU to Downtown by raising the gas tax 10 (ten) cents per gallon. I paid $1.75 yesterday to fill my car which was over $3.00 per gallon last year this time. I would vote for that.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Would have my vote as well. Especially for the connection to FIU.

Anonymous
5 years ago

What a surprise, Miami again bends over backwards for individual cars, while doing nothing to promote mass transit.

Anonymous
5 years ago

Brahman has pull

Anonymous
5 years ago

Miami is the poster child for horrible drivers. Please, bring self driving vehicles here!

Marc305
5 years ago

I agree 100% with the comments about focusing on Baylink and expanding Metrorail through out Miami, but self driving cars need to be addressed too. The reality is that in the next 100 years we will not have flying cars but we will definitely have self driving ones. The time to regulate them is now, not just in Miami but through out the country.

IloveMiami
5 years ago

Remember when cell phones first arrived? Eveyone thought they were a great idea. Now when traffic backs up because some jerk or jerkess is on the phone or texting we want to ram the phone down their throats. Now come self driving cars…I wonder what will go wrong next?

Anonymous
5 years ago

Hey…if the cars drive themselves, we can really relax and enjoy the texting. The car is in control. Oh, the horror!

Anonymous
5 years ago
Anonymous
5 years ago

Self driving cars have been here for a couple months now. It’s called a Tesla.