A property, transport and work-life revolution is coming. First in China, then in Cherrybrook (Sydney), then the world.

Imagine:

  1. Hundreds of one seater driverless micro-cars ferrying commuters up to 4km to their local train station
  2. $1.50 commute fee, app-ordered on demand, 1-5 minute trip, mostly on 50km per hour local roads, reduces need for park and ride services
  3. Suburban home prices rise as they become the equivalent of ‘walk to station.’ Improved quality of life. Easier mobility for the aged
  4. Huge urban planning changes. More flexibility for low-mid-high-rise home locations as they are as good as ‘walk to station’
  5. Quiet, safe, tiny electric driverless cars – batteries recharged & cars cleaned and garaged overnight in a local warehouse
  6. Owned by private transport companies for economies of scale. Small ‘footprint’ means they are mostly ‘out of sight’ when not in use
  7. Transport model can be extended to local schools, local shops and local parks. Can be extended to major bus terminals. Reduces need for second car
  8. Can be extended to tourist precincts. (Driverless twin-seater ‘booze-cars’ in the Hunter Valley wine region?) Regional tourist towns served by trains become easier places to ‘get around’
  9. Cherrybrook (NorthWest Sydney) metro station identified as first possible trial zone
  10. It’s coming sooner than you think. China is about to trial driverless taxis in a Shanghai district. In the 1910s, the number of Model T Ford cars surpassed horse & buggies within 5 years
  11. First step towards driverless cars (DCs) throughout cities and regions, eventually replacing all or most human-driven cars. But there can be ‘black swan events’

A seminar to discuss this is scheduled for Monday 28 October 2019 4.00pm to 7.00pm.

For location (Sydney CBD), cost (early bird $90 plus GST), speaker profiles, and online registration, Click here.

Who should attend?

  • property developers, shopping mall owners, property owners, technology park owners, transport firms, taxi companies
  • futurists, urban planners, tourism infrastructure owners, regional tourist town councils
  • tech/5G companies, transport manufacturers, supply chain firms, insurance firms, legal firms
  • councils and government agencies in urban design, transport and infrastructure planning and policy-work

This is the first of several events I am organising in association with Deloitte on the business and investment opportunities in the Aus-China sector.

While today’s tense world may be ‘the ‘worst of times’ as Charles Dickens wrote, it is also ‘the best of times,’ as technology driven changes become even more impactful.

Just as the Model T Ford changed the urban landscape, created commuter suburbs, opened up regional tourism, and up-ended the work-life equation, so too will driverless cars. (DC)

Due to China’s 1-party state and access to ‘big data’ with less privacy issues, the nation can implement mass-consumer technology, such as DCs, more quickly than the West, and will become the case-studies for other countries to use.

Next week, I will discuss the wider ramifications of DCs when they are implemented city-wide, including housing, shopping and streetscape changes, tourism, freight, inter-city commutes and more.

I invite your comments on DCs, am seeking thought-leaders to participate at the DC seminar, and hope to see you on the 28th Oct.