Autonomous Vehicles (AV) Resources

Planners are committed to looking at how future technology can influence and shape the fabric of our communities. One of the planning profession's unique skills is to comprehensively address the impacts of today's actions on tomorrow's communities over the long-term.

The introduction of autonomous vehicles (AV) or connected vehicles, those that share data, can impact communities from a variety of factors — land use, transportation planning, social equity and the economy. APA is committed to assisting members navigate AVs by providing resources, materials, guidance and ongoing research on the subject. Below is a list of curated resources currently available throughout APA's website.

Autonomous Vehicle Resource Collection

Looking for examples of how other communities have approached or responded to AVs? The AV KnowledgeBase provides a cumulative resource of best practices from reports, briefing papers, articles, policy guides, planning documents and videos from around the country. A grant from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has made this collection open to the public.

Visit the AV KnowledgBase

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AV Symposium

APA along with its partners convened 85 national AV and connected vehicle experts for the AV Symposium on October 6, 2017 as part of its Autonomous Vehicles: Planning for Impacts on Cities and Regions research. Topics of discussion included accessibility, equity, transportation planning and built environment impacts. Read a recap about the symposium. AV Symposium partners included the National League of Cities (NLC), Mobility E3, George Mason University, Mobility Lab, Eno Center for Transportation, and Brookings Institution.

Coming in January: AV Symposium partners are also creating a briefing book to provide land use, transportation planning and economic guidelines for addressing AVs. See highlights from the symposium:

Watch the full videos from the symposium

Policy & Advocacy

AVs will have significant impacts on policies, legislation and regulations at the national, regional and local levels. And Planners Advocacy Network members receive exclusive access to a comparison of implications from proposed legislation. The Planners Advocacy Network is free to join for APA members.

Congress on Road to AV Legislative Vote (blog post)

Michigan Joins Small Number of States with Self-Driving Car Laws (blog post)

Coming in 2018: APA will create a list of AV policy principles to help shape federal programs and policies.


"Transportation Q&A - Disruption: AV and Tiny Cars" is a conversation between APA's Editor in Chief Meghan Stromberg and Josh Westerhold, senior manager of Nissan's Future Lab in the Planning magazine April 2017 issue.


Zoning Practice explores the categories of AVs and how communities need to plan for accommodating both AV and non-AVs. Available to subscribers or for single-issue purchase.

Coming 2018: The Planning Advisory Service report will provide in-depth guidance for planners on AV technology and the opportunities and challenges such technology brings to the built environment and existing infrastructure system. PAS reports are available free to APA members.


Driverless Cars, Planning and Architecture (August 2017) blog post recaps a panel discussion about the impact of AVs on future mobility and development within the Chicago region. The discussion was held at the APA-Chicago office.

"Here Come the Robot Cars" from Planning's April 2017 issue spotlights how AVs will impact the built environment and what to do now.

The Commissioner addressed "Driverless Vehicle Best Practices" in the December 2016 issue. Available to subscribers.

Planning for the Autonomous Vehicle Revolution (June 2016) blog post looks at why planners need to be part of the AV conversation.

Automated Vehicles and the Next Great Transformation of the Built Environment (June 2016) blog post highlights the research work on the impacts of AVs from the Florida State University Department of Urban & Regional Planning.

Autonomous Vehicles Zoom into Public Imagination in 2016 blog post looks at how AVs became one of the hot-topics of 2016.

"When Autonomous Cars Take to the Road" from Planning's May 2015 issue discusses that AVs are coming quickly to roads near you.

"Attention: The Age of Automation is Right Ahead," a special web-exclusive to the Planning May 2015 issue as to what self-driving cars will mean to drivers.

On-Demand Education

Envisioning the City with Automated Vehicles

Greater Sustainability with Autonomous Vehicles?

Driverless Cars: Changing How You Plan

The Future of Cities and Planning