Calgary councillors seek study on autonomous cars, drones

Want city to be ready for potential impacts on transit

Couns. Evan Woolley and Peter Demong wants the city to start thinking about future technologies such as commercial drones, and what impacts they could have on city residents.

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Couns. Evan Woolley and Peter Demong wants the city to start thinking about future technologies such as commercial drones, and what impacts they could have on city residents.

By: Brodie Thomas Metro Published on Thu Apr 21 2016

Two councillors are asking the city to take a serious look at drone-delivery systems, self-driving cars and even bitcoin.

In a notice of motion going before council Monday, Couns. Evan Woolley and Peter Demong will request administration prepare a study on advanced technologies, specifically as they relate to transportation.

Demong said he’s both concerned and fascinated by the potential of autonomous cars, and he thinks administration needs to be prepared if the technology reaches a tipping point.

“Let’s not kid ourselves,” said Demong. “Ten years ago, nobody knew what a smartphone was – and does anybody not have one now?”

He said autonomous vehicles could have a huge effect on the current transit system. He imagines demand for both buses and the CTrain could drop if people’s vehicles could return home for the day, instead of requiring a parking spot.

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