Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles: Introduction

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Welcome to the EIT Urban Mobility introductory course on autonomous vehicles! This short course will introduce you to the autonomous vehicles’ framework and then delve into the complexities of incorporating them into sustainable urban mobility planning.

Looking at challenges and opportunities of the adoption of autonomous vehicles in cities, this course will: 

  • Describe the autonomous vehicles framework, its ecosystem and the technology
  • Reflect on possible scenarios for autonomous vehicles in cities
  • Identify challenges to a sustainable incorporation of autonomous vehicles in urban mobility planning
  • Consider the potential of autonomous vehicles for cities and, in particular, shared transportation  

Successfully incorporate autonomous vehicles into sustainable urban planning

For sustainable future cities, the way people use and move around urban spaces must be reviewed. The town planning done now will have massive impacts on city dwellers’ quality of life in the years to come. This course will explore how autonomous vehicles should be incorporated into sustainable urban planning. Its people-centred approach helps to ensure the systems are adopted, ultimately creating eco-friendly urban mobility for a greener tomorrow.

Discover the potential of autonomous vehicles

You’ll see what self-driving vehicles are capable of, beyond the hype. The training material will show you how to critically evaluate what the ‘automotive revolution’ promises for future cities and what, based on the technology, we can actually expect.

Let people determine the focus of sustainable transportation

The central idea of this course is that for clean, sustainable transportation systems to be successful, they need to meet people’s needs and be easy to use. Once you’ve understood the potential capabilities of automated vehicles, you’ll get to apply that knowledge to typical town planning challenges. Mobility requirements, general acceptance of new urban planning policies and transport systems, and other key obstacles will be explored.

In this course, you will:

 Critique reports and claims related to automated vehicles and other forms of “new mobility”

  • Describe human, social and urban factors in planning decision making, in contrast to technical factors
  • Reflect on potential second- and third-order impacts of the deployment of autonomous vehicles
  • Consider low-car ownership as an enabler of autonomous vehicles development in cities
  • Develop a city plan outline, including plan staging, toward your stated end goals

If you want to learn more about this topic, after completing this course you can take the Planning for Autonomous Vehicles: A People-Centred Approach course

Multi-language videos:

To make this course accessible for a greater audience, the videos’ subtitles are available in English, Croatian, French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Turkish.


4 modules

Recommended schedule

1 day

Total length

1 hour and 30 minutes

About the course

Free & Paid Options

You can access and participate in the course for free. If you want to earn a  certificate upon completion, you can purchase it. The certificate will be accessible only once the course is successfully completed. Read more here.

What Urban Professionals Have to Say

This course is highly recommended for anyone who wants to start understanding about Autonomous vehicles and challenges in adopting it.
Mohamed Tharwet​
The course "Preparing for Autonomous Vehicles" is insightful, and it takes a deep dive into guiding Planners and Policy makers to visualize and formulate alternate scenarios with the autonomous driving technology influx. The suggestive phase-wise AV penetration provides a unique opportunity for transport planners to formulate policies to support the government adapting the technology change positively into city planning, as aptly highlighted in the course with case study examples.​
Arka Kanungo​
I work designing the UX for future AD vehicles. This course was very interesting to push us to consider the environment where future AD cars will perform and not only the car and its capabilities. I will strongly recommend my team to enroll on this course.
Fernando Ulloa
Volvo Cars

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