Societal changes will happen slowly over a few decades and possibly they won’t be noticed till one reaches a point when looking back at what was normal 50 years before would seem compeltely out of place 50 years later.
We are already seeing in some areas that the car’s myth is fading away, in some places it is already over. A growing percentage of youngsters consider the ownership of a smartphone more important than the ownership pf a car. In some densely popuated urban areas a tiny, but growing, percentage of youngsters no longer takes the driving licence. In thirty years time most yongsters (not yet born) will not take a driving license (as today’s you wouldn’t dream of taking a license to drive a public bus or a metro.
The use of self driving vehicles will reduce the number of tickets to zero, there won’t be anymore drivers around to fine. A society where everyone plays according to the rules (at least in driving) is soemthing unheard of today.
Today there are several usage of multimodal transportation, like going to a train station with your car, parking it to get a train and once you get downtown you hop on a bike. In the future one might expect hopping from one car to another, as one car may only take you to the boundary of an area and then you will need to hop on another car for continuing on. Of course, one could expect that the first car will have negotiated your pick up by another car. And if you are travelling in a pod the exchange will take place as you sit in you pod.
A city with autonomous vehicles is a city with significant less vehicles and very very few parked vehicles. Hence the streets will seems larger. The autonomous vehicles wil negotiate among themselves the use of the roads, there won’t be any predefined one way street, the flow of traffic will be dynamically orchestrated as needed.
Going from A to B will be a matter to selecting the resources required (a slot in the traffic) and this will be done by the vehicle that will be informing its passengers of the arrival time.
People will get used to book a transportation means based on the requied arrival time, rather than on the pick up time. Very convenient, although it won’t be possible to claim that one is late because of the traffic!