Earlier this week, New York City unveiled the prototype for horseless carriages that could replace the horse-drawn coaches that are soon to be banned in Central Park. The nonprofit organization that oversees the park, Central Park Conservancy, promptly came out against the alternative carriages, claiming that the replica vehicles will cause problems for visitors.
"Forty million people visit Central Park each year, including runners, bicyclists, kids and dog owners," Doug Blonsky, the conservancy's president, told the New York Daily News. "Adding vehicles to the mix will make the park less safe for all of them and increase congestion."
The vehicles, however, will be electronically controlled to top out at a speed of five miles per hour inside the park, which is approximately the same speed that the current horse carriages move (stagecoaches average speeds between five and eight miles per hour). Additionally, the horseless carriages are designed to hold up to eight passengers, which could actually reduce the number of vehicles needed to carry a steady flow of sightseers through Central Park.