For decades we have dreamed of building an automobile that can drive itself. But as that dream of autonomy draws close, some experts believe that the driverless car is a red herring. Urban technology writer Anthony Townsend asserts that self-driving technology will infect buses, bikes, delivery vans, and even buildings—transforming life behind the wheel into a high-def video game that makes our ride safer, smoother, and more efficient.
With insight from his book Ghost Road: Beyond the Driverless Car, Townsend joins us for a livestreamed deep dive into the future of automated transport. He demonstrates how autonomous vehicles will expand our appetite for the instant delivery of goods, making the future as much about moving things as it is about moving people. Townsend highlights how corporations will link our automated machines to the cloud, raising concerns about mobility monopolies and privatization of streets and sidewalks. He reveals a future where the pace of our daily lives and the fabric of our cities and towns changes dramatically as automated vehicles reprogram the way we work, shop, and play. Sit in with Townsend as he examines where we might be headed together in driverless vehicles, and the choices we must make as societies and individuals to shape that future.
Anthony Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on the future of cities and information technology. He is Senior Research Scientist at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management, and is the author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia.
Presented by Town Hall Seattle.