The appeal of self-driving cars seems obvious: just relax and enjoy the ride. But how will life change when entire communities embrace them? A new town in Essex is the first in Britain to be built for the revolution. Chelmsford Garden Village, which will grow to about 10,000 homes, is future-proofing itself for a world in which driverless cars are the norm. In the early phases, there will be parking spaces near the houses. However, these will gradually be converted to new uses, such as communal gardens, and residents will instead be able to summon driverless vehicles from a car park on the outskirts of town. When they are finished, the cars will return themselves.
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