The ride sharing company presented a newly imagined Wilshire Boulevard in a future where autonomous cars are widely available

In the future that relies on autonomous vehicles, commuters will require fewer cars and streets can include more pedestrian areas, trees and protected zones for bicycles. Ride sharing company Lyft, which is already testing self-driving cars on city streets, has something like this in mind for the future.

Lyft released a redesign of what Wilshire Boulevard, a busy Los Angeles street, would look like in a future with autonomous cars. The company collaborated with architecture firm Perkins + Will and transportation consultants Nelson\Nygaard.

The main focus for Lyft and its partners was how to limit the amount of traffic passing through the area. They went with the most obvious solution: reduce the amount of available road. However, they don't imagine many drivers getting stuck. This theoretical future would reward drivers who took as many occupants with them as possible in vehicles, in order to discourage single drivers.

With less pavement, these areas could see new additions, such as trees, wider sidewalks and bicycle lanes for everyone to use. By reworking the space to make it better for people, rather than cars, these areas do not get forgotten. They would also include loading areas for pedestrians to wave to cars to summon them to the sidewalk to get to a destination.

Lyft submitted these designs to the 100 Hours LA program, a public service campaign attempting to address the problem of the average city driver having to sit in traffic for 100 hours every year. While the concept was a legitimate attempt, neither Lyft nor the design companies expect their plan to be implemented. The purpose was for it to bring about a larger discussion about poor street quality in the U.S. and hopefully to inspire others to present new ideas.

As the future of autonomous vehicles comes closer to turning into a reality, infrastructure teams in cities throughout the United States need to discuss what future roads should look like to serve the public best.

Lyft | Perkins + Will | Nelson\Nygaard

In the future that relies on autonomous vehicles, commuters will require fewer cars and streets can include more pedestrian areas, trees and protected zones for bicycles. Ride sharing company Lyft, which is already testing self-driving cars on city streets, has something like this in mind for the future.

Lyft released a redesign of what Wilshire Boulevard, a busy Los Angeles street, would look like in a future with autonomous cars. The company collaborated with architecture firm Perkins + Will and transportation consultants Nelson\Nygaard.