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How Driverless Cars Will Change The World

December 12, 2018 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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 a 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.


8:30 – 9:00am Welcome

9:00 – 10:30am Panel 1

The Promise of Driverless Cars: Autonomous vehicles (AVs) may be the most significant technology in transportation since the advent of the car 100 years ago. How will they change our cities, our suburbs and our lives?


David H. Freedman, Newsweek (moderator)

Debra Lam, Georgia Institute of Technology

Subhro Guthathakurta, Georgia Institute of Technology

Kris Carter, City of Boston

Taggart Matthieson, Lyft

Mark de la Vergne, City of Detroit

10:30 – 10:45am Break (Coffee)

10:45 – 12:15pm Panel 2

Heaven or Hell? AVs could solve many of our worst transportation problems or make them a lot worse. What do we need to do now to ensure that things turn out for the best?


Fred Guterl, Newsweek (moderator)

Kari Watkins, Georgia Institute of Technology

Robin Chase, ZipCar

Ellen Dunham Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology

David Zipper, German Marshall Fund

12:15-12:30pm Closing


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


Tech Square Research Building
85 Fifth Street, NW
Atlanta, 30308
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