How Driverless Cars Will Change the World

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A world in which cars can drive themselves is coming quicker than you may realize. What would this world look like? If you believe the optimists, driverless cars will increase mobility, bring environmental benefits and renew the relationship between suburbs and cities. If you believe the pessimists, driverless cars will only exacerbate our current problems.

Which vision comes to pass depends on how well our society prepares for the arrival of driverless cars. We will need new laws and regulations well before the technology takes off, and we will need the vision to anticipate the problems and the opportunities that autonomous vehicles present.

To this end, Newsweek and Georgia Institute of Technology are sponsoring a seminar, How Driverless Cars Will Change the World, which will bring together experts from city governments, Silicon Valley, Detroit and elsewhere to discuss how to bring about the future we all want.


8:30 - 9:00am          Registration and Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15am          Welcome

Chaouki Abdallah, Georgia Institute of Technology

Nancy Cooper, Newsweek

9:15 - 10:30am        Panel 1 - The Promise of Driverless Cars

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) may be the most significant technology in transportation since the advent of the car 100 years ago. How will they change our cities, our suburbs and our lives for the better?


David H. Freedman, Newsweek (moderator)

Debra Lam, Georgia Institute of Technology

Subhro Guthathakurta, Georgia Institute of Technology

Kris Carter, City of Boston

Taggart Matthieson, Lyft

Mark de la Vergne, City of Detroit

10:30 - 10:45am      Break (Coffee)

10:45 - 11:15am       Fireside Chat: How Intelligent are Driverless Cars?

Peter Rander, Argo AI

Fred Guterl, Newsweek (interviewer)

11:15 - 12:30pm      Panel 2 - Heaven or Hell?

AVs could solve many of our worst transportation problems or make them a lot worse. What are the pitfalls? What do we need to do now to ensure that things turn out well?


Fred Guterl, Newsweek (moderator)

Kari Watkins, Georgia Institute of Technology

Robin Chase, ZipCar

Ellen Dunham Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Zipper, German Marshall Fund

12:30pm                      Closing



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Georgia Institute of Technology 

Located in Atlanta, Georgia Tech is a leading research university committed to improving the human condition through advanced science and technology.

In partnership with the Institute for People and Technology and located in Tech Square's Centergy Building, Georgia Tech’s initiative on Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation develops innovative approaches to shaping resilient and sustainable communities. Through research and development, strategic partnerships, and cutting-edge programming we bring Georgia Tech's interdisciplinary expertise in technology and policy to the development of smart cities and communities.

We use a smart cities ecosystem approach that spans multiple technology domains—such as information and communication technologies (ICTs), intelligent infrastructure, smart energy systems, and the Internet of Things (IoT) and incorporates policy expertise — on open data policies, public-private partnerships, and city-university collaborations—to present innovative solutions to challenges—such as the urban-rural digital divide, advanced mobility, civic engagement, and resilience. Through this interdisciplinary research and engagement, Georgia Tech seeks to shape sustainable cities, communities, and regions locally, nationally, and globally.

Learn more at: http://smartcities.gatech.edu/about

Email us at: scii@ipat.gatech.edu


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  • Created: 11/06/2018
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