Brave new city? The impact of autonomous cars on the social structure of our cities
4:15 PM - 5:15 PM
Fri Oct 5, 2018
Harvard Medical School - Amphitheater
digital policy PANEL


Co-hosted with NRW.INVEST


We are on the verge of the largest change to urban mobility since the mass adoption of the personal car a century ago. Automobile corporations and tech-companies are eagerly developing autonomous vehicles. In the very near future, Uber, Lyft or Waymo will be sending you a taxi with no driver.
How will automobile-centric nations like the U.S. and Germany particularly adapt to these breathtaking technological changes? And, equally: how will it change the small routines and landmarks we take for granted in our everyday lives?

This panel will think beyond technological predictions and delve into the societal impact autonomous vehicles will have on cities. Will the traditional separation between wealthy suburbs and poor inner cities shift? Will autonomous taxis and buses democratize access to mobility, and revolutionize
mobility to the same degree as the invention of the automobile itself did? 10-20% of our cities are devoted to parking. Once vehicles no longer need to rest, but can hop from passenger to passenger, what happens to that space?

The coming mobility revolution will change our daily lives on a personal and societal level in ways unexpected and unforeseen (or unforeseeable). It is important for policy makers and engineers to consider the social scope of
autonomous vehicles as early as possible in order to shape smart guidelines and foster innovations that are beneficial for society. Experts from industry, politics and academia will explore these questions and present their vision for urban life in the 21st century.


Gretchen Effgen VP Partnerships, nuTonomy
John Fernández Professor of Architecture, MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann Member | FDP, German Parliament
Ola Källenius Member of the Board of Management, Daimler AG
Léa Steinacker Chief Innovation Officer, WirtschaftsWoche

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