- June 13th
- 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
- Perkins + Will
- 2 Bryant Street Suite 300
- San Francisco
The San Francisco Bay Area is recognized globally as the center of the Tech Industry. From hardware to software development and Artificial Intelligence to Autonomous Vehicles, the leading edge of R&D is based in the Bay Area. A by-product of the region becoming an innovation hub has been a continuing rise in employment, net inward migration, and the resulting congestion of our transit and freeway infrastructure – which has not kept up with the pace of this growth.
Some have asked if technology can provide a solution to our regional transportation problems. As the center of Autonomous Vehicle research and testing, couldn’t these be our savior? With our digital access to a myriad of apps and ridesharing options, why do we need to worry? Won’t the stress of driving on congested freeways be simply transferred to our autonomous-driving AI robot while we surf the net?
Whereas the emerging technology-enabled mobility options have tremendous potential to transform both our mobility choices, experiences, and the built environment, is there a hidden cost? What could be the unanticipated consequences? And what do we need to be doing now to direct the emerging mobility ecology toward an outcome that will benefit society overall?
Our team of panelists will outline the parameters of this discussion and suggest some potential solutions. As noted in the March 3rd, 2018 edition of the Economist “ … AVs will deliver on their promise only if policymakers – like passengers climbing into a robotaxi – are absolutely clear about where they want to end up.” So the question we need to address is do we know where we want to end up?