January 8, 2016
This week, General Motors announced that it would pour $500 million into the ride-sharing service Lyft, with an aim of eventually producing a fleet of self-driving cars. And the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas was filled with autonomous vehicle tech tidbits from companies such as Toyota and Nvidia. But what might a future in which all cars can drive themselves do to our cities, towns, and society? Industry observers say that while it’s clear that there will be robotic cars, it’s much less clear how people will choose to use them.
Chris Ziegler is Deputy Editor of The Verge in New York, New York.
David King is an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at Columbia University in New York, New York.
Susan Handy is Director of the National Center for Sustainable Transportation at the University of California – Davis in Davis, California.
Bryant Walker Smith is an Assistant Professor in the School of Law at the University of South Carolina, and an Affiliate Scholar in the Center for Internet and Society at Stanford Law School. He’s based in Columbia, South Carolina.