Loop NYC is a proposal that creates autonomous expressway loops throughout the city at major Manhattan crosstown streets (14th, 23rd, 34th, 42nd, 57th, 86th, and 110th) as well as one lane in each direction of the FDR and West Side Highway. With expressway loops, an average commute taking 40 to 50 minutes would now be 10 minutes. Over a lifetime, the average commuter would get back more than a year of commuting time. Loop NYC is the perfect first step in creating a safe, sustainable, and automated traffic grid.
The Driverless Future Challenge sought proposals that would actively shape the city’s response to driverless cars. Entries from more than 25 countries proposed everything from driverless food carts and a fully-autonomous MTA transit system, to enhanced use of NYC’s 311 system as a driverless dispatching center, and Link NYC Wifi stations that become stops for autonomous micro-busses.