WINNIPEG – A self driving car could be on your street before you know it.
That’s according to St. Boniface councillor Matt Allard, who says they’re already being tested in Winnipeg and could be for sale by 2020.
Allard is asking for a study on the potential impacts of the vehicles on our roads.
“Whether it comes to land use planning, when we decide how many parking spots we need for a new development, parking downtown, or how much roads we need where and what kind of infrastructure we need,” Allard says. “The implications are tremendous.”
Allard says similar studies are already underway in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver.
“Picture a scenario where you’re in your workplace and you press a button, your car comes to your door. You might be able to have the car drive you home and catch up on emails or take a nap in the back of the car,” he explains. “That’s the future, but the future is coming very soon.”
Allard says he has already talked to experts in the field and simply wants to make sure that the city is not caught off guard when the cars inevitably become available.
“As city councillors, we’re making decisions that will be paid for and will be built for 30 years or longer. I would like to have the information to know what this technology will mean and how we can best capitalize on the positives and mitigate against any of the negatives that may come out of this.”
Allard will present a motion to Riel Community Committee on July 29 and will ask for it to be referred to the Executive Policy Committee.