Re-Programming Mobility: What Do Smart Phones and Self-Driving Cars Mean for Future Cities?

Date: 12/03/2014
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am
Location: The Puck Building, The Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, 2nd Fl.
295 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10012-9604  map

For decades, transportation experts have anticipated a sweeping technological transformation of the way Americans travel, and the transportation system they use to do so. That transformation has arrived at all scales – from individual trip planning to the design and management of regional mass transit systems. But, in a distinct shift from the last 50 years, when transportation innovation in the United States was shaped by big public infrastructure projects like the Interstate Highway System, this transformation is being driven by the private sector. Silicon Valley has set its sights on the transportation system as its next big opportunity, and its first moves have triggered conflicts with regulators at every level of government. But how will this historic surge of investment and invention into the transportation sector impact existing infrastructure and land use patterns, travel behaviors, regulatory frameworks and financing structures, and the practice of transportation planning and management? This symposium will explore the Rudin Center for Transportation’s recently published report, Re-Programming Mobility: The Digital Transformation of Transportation in the United States. Key questions include: -What new technologies and services will have the broadest impact on mobility? -How might new mobility technologies and services impact land use patterns? -What kinds of organizational changes will transportation regulators, funding agencies, and planning institutions need to begin preparing for now, and what kinds of skills and practices will transportation planners need in the future? Panelists: Robin Chase, Buzzcar Stacey Hodge, New York City Department of Transportation Greg Lindsay, Visiting Scholar, NYU Rudin Center Benjamin De La Peña, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Moderated by Anthony Townsend, NYU Rudin Center