The future of transportation was the big topic of discussion at City Council Monday night.
Mayor Michael Fougere brought the discussion on self-driving cars back to City Hall after talks about the innovation at the Big City Mayor’s Caucus meetings in Toronto in November.
Fougere says while the future of self-driving cars is seemingly close, he’s not sure Regina, nor any other Canadian city, is prepared for it.
“We had a representative from General Motors and a few other people talking about autonomous vehicles and ‘what do cities have to do to accommodate this change?’ ” says Fougere.
“And, of course, no one is really ready for this. Frankly, they’re not.”
Fougere says a lot of work needs to be done locally to completely prepare for self-driving vehicles.
“You could imagine today, a driverless vehicle, it’d happen right to how we adapt our signal system, how to drivers adapt to that. We need education, we need understanding of how it works, we need our planners, our engineers to take a look at how this works within the grid system of the city as well.”