Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2018

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Autonomous vehicles, often called driverless or self-driving cars, have been a part of the human imagination for years, often popping up in films and books in which characters think nothing of traveling to Mars for a day trip or leaning on the aid of robot butlers. While space travel may yet be a far-off idea for the average person, autonomous vehicles of varying degree have been making small appearances for years and are rapidly becoming more visible on city streets today. Innovations Since the mid-2000s, automotive companies have been designing autonomous qualities into their technology. Citroen introduced its Lane Departure Warning system, a feature that causes the driver's seat to vibrate when the car detects a drift out of the lane, in 2006 along with a similar vibration feature triggered when a frontal collision threat is detected. Since then, several different features, from automatic parallel parking to wrong-way driving detection, have been implemented in many cars currently available for purchase. PHOTO: NACTO Streets of the Future How Driverless Cars May Affect City Planning By Allie Lapporte, LASN

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