Autonomous Vehicles, Parking & the Real Estate Sector

By Transition Accelerator

By University of Calgary, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative

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The goal of this project is to quantify the amount and value of the land that could be released for other uses, as well as the potential foregone capital and operating costs of providing and maintaining parking infrastructure. This new research report explores how Canada’s personal mobility systems are poised to be radically transformed by the convergence of four disruptive technology and business model innovations: vehicle automation, connectivity, electrification, and car sharing.

The study was carried out by the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) initiative at the University of Calgary with support from the Alberta Real Estate Foundation and the Transition Accelerator.

Read the blog – What if our Cities only Needed a Fraction of their Parking Spaces? by lead researcher David B. Layzell.

This project was funded in 2019 through the Foundation’s Grant Program.




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Transition Accelerator

The Transition Accelerator is a pan-Canadian organization that works with others to identify and advance viable pathways to a prosperous, competitive, and net-zero Canada in 2050.

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University of Calgary, Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative

CESAR (Canada Energy Systems Analysis Research) is an initiative of Dr. David Layzell, a professor at the University of Calgary, to encourage and communicate research and critical analysis around the transformation of Canada’s energy systems.

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