Autonomous cars are coming. What was once a futuristic concept, often associated with pop culture films like Minority Report, is not only possible, but is coming very soon to a roadway near you. Autonomous cars are precisely what the term “disruptive technology” describes. It is technology that will fundamentally change much of what we know about personal transportation – changing our habits, our preferences, and our opportunities, and nothing will be more impacted by these changes than our cities.
Most recently, Uber has set up its own dedicated lab to create a fleet of driver-less vehicles, creating a stir in the industry by hiring over 40 top robotics researchers to jump start their process. Manufacturers such as Tesla have already implemented “autopilot” technology in vehicles, which is seen as a significant step toward introducing consumer autonomous technology.
We will outline the issue including the following topics:
- Disruptive Urban Technologies – a brief history
- Technology Today – where we are now and what the next few years are likely to hold
- Potential Adoption Trends – who, what, and where
- Local and Regional Impacts for Planning – case studies of potential impacts ranging from regional transportation networks to site-specific urban neighborhoods
Presenter: Justin Robbins, AICP
Experience in community planning, urban design, and architecture have given Justin an understanding of the physical, spatial, and policy aspects needed to create successful places. Justin’s position as a planner/urban designer at OHM Advisors have focused on the connection between planning and the built environment, with a strong emphasis on communicating the future opportunities within a community.