Cities must plan now for budget challenges from autonomous vehicles, increased e-commerce

Urbanism Next

City leaders must plan for the future now if they want a voice in what autonomous vehicles (AVs) and e-commerce will do to their cities and how their impact could create a “potential rat’s nest of a budgeting challenge.” Urbanism Next, a collaborative research project sponsored by the UO, explored a secondary effect of AVs and e-commerce: the impacts on local government budgets. The report scrutinizes typical revenues and expenditures for cities and considers what could happen as AVs become common and e-commerce takes on an even larger role. This transformation will affect many aspects of civic life, from changing tax revenue sources to job losses from taxi drivers to retail workers.

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August 24, 2017