Your choices in today’s private car based transportation system are determined by how much money you have. In the shared vehicle future, the San Francisco will use policy to ensure that a wide variety of transportation options will be democratized regardless of wealth. Without the burden and cost of ownership, lower income San Franciscans and those with nontraditional work hours will have affordable transportation options, getting them to work, connecting them to communities, and building opportunities.
San Francisco has long been known for our environmental stewardship. San Francisco’s Climate Action Strategy will reduce emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2025. Currently the transportation produces nearly half of San Francisco’s emissions, but by moving to a shared electric connected autonomous fleet we can use renewable energy rather than fossil fuels and use the connected technology to reduce energy lost to traffic.
Today’s transportation system prioritizes cars and speed over people's’ safety. Every year thousands of people die in traffic collisions across the country, and 31 of those deaths happened on the streets of San Francisco last year. Even more people are injured. These deaths and injuries are needless and preventable. Human error, distracted driving, drunk driving – the future of connected autonomous vehicles addresses these problems and saves lives, particularly for the most vulnerable people on our streets, like children, seniors and people with disabilities.