How Driverless Cars Will Change the World


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.


Fred Guterl, Newsweek (moderator)

Robin Chase, Zip Car

Taggart Matthiessen, Lyft

Brian Wolf, Ford

Mark de la Vergne, City of Detroit

Kris Carter, City of Boston

David Zipper, German Marshall Fund

Anthony Townsend, Bits and Atoms, LLC

Kari Watkins, Georgia Tech

Debra Lam, Georgia Tech

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Tech

Subhro Guthathakurta, Georgia Tech


8:30am – 9:00am     Welcome (Breakfast)

9:00am - 10:15am     Panel 1 - City and Streets

Autonomous vehicles will force to rethink our cities. Will they increase congestion problems or free up space for other uses? Will they increase mobility for everyone or reinforce segregation and inequality?

10:15am - 10:30am     Break (Coffee)
10:30am - 11:45am Panel 2 - Suburbs and Highways

AVs could make it easier and more efficient to travel from the suburbs to the cities. Will they encourage sprawl or create opportunities for new kinds of satellite cities and denser towns with more street life?

11:45am - 12:15pm     Fireside Chat
12:15pm     Closing



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Event Details


    Technology Square Research Building, 85 5th Street NW Atlanta, GA 30308


  • Wednesday, December 12, 2018
    8:30 am - 12:30 pm