If you run a car dealership or a rental service, you may not be a big fan of car sharing. But it's a trend that's coming on fast, and it's being described as a "disruptive" technology--because it's likely to change some things we all take for granted. Such as parking in cities, as this blog suggests.
But for developers and would-be urbanites looking for hip, eco-friendly housing in the city of the future, the ability to get rid of a lot of parking spaces means that structures can be built more affordably, because more space can be devoted to living, and less to parking a personal automobile.
Along with car sharing, the rise of autonomous vehicles seems to be on track--driven in large part by the Millennial generation, who would rather text and play games than drive a vehicle. All of these trends are converging, as a study published by Deloitte University Press (pdf) notes, in ways that are likely to change not only how we get around, but how our cities and homes are built.
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