This isn't your average public transportation system. But, then again, this isn't your average town, either.
At a time when European cities are banning vehicles in downtown areas, leave it to Beverly Hills – a city known for its flashy cars as much as its coveted zip code – to implement a public transportation system that will introduce even more cars to the road.
During a Beverly Hills City Council meeting earlier this month, councilmembers unanimously voted to adapt driverless cars as public transportation, reports.
But perhaps, as points out, exactly what makes Beverly Hills, for lack of a better word, Beverly Hills – its affluent population, good weather and safe roads, and the fact that the city is only 5.71 miles long – is also what make the city so uniquely suited for a program like this.
According to a , the city hopes that driverless cars will even reducing the need for parking, and make it easier to get to and from its Purple Line subway extension, which is currently under construction.
As the city is currently designing a fiber optics cable that will bring high-speed Internet to every resident and business in the 90210, citizens would be able to request this on-demand transportation from their smartphones. The Beverly Hills City Council hopes to develop partnerships with driverless car manufacturers like Google and Tesla, and to put these cars on the road as early as 2018. (Who knew driverless cars were this close to hitting the road?)
If you're itching to test a driverless car sooner, head to Singapore, where Dutch auto manufacturer 2getthere is set to provide 24-hour vehicles as a form of public transportation by the end of the year, reports. (As if you needed another reason to head to Singapore on summer vacation, right?)
As for the rest of us, looks like we'll be sticking to our subways, carpools, and buses — for now.