My colleague Stephen Metzger recently wrote a piece on how gated communities could serve as an excellent incubator for testing future mobility systems. These systems include on-demand vehicles, self-driving and autonomous driving technology, ride-sharing systems, and new public transport options. Future mobility concepts typically feature electric vehicles being used in urban environments. He argues that the urban environment presents a myriad of obstacles and complexities for future mobility to overcome and solve, but gated communities offer a simpler but still useful testing ground for future mobility concepts.
Some of the advantages for gated communities include:
- A better planned transportation environment into which mobility concepts can more easily be introduced
- Population already using or conditioned to small, electric vehicles like golf cars and LSVs
- Portion of the population that cannot drive themselves and could benefit from greater mobility
The article concludes with some examples of new small, electric vehicles with an eye towards future mobility that are entering or trying to break into the market.