Autonomous Seattle: The Robot Car in the Emerald City
This event is a program of the 2018 Seattle Design Festival. For more information on the festival and other programming related to this year’s theme of TRUST, go to: designinpublic.org
The initial rollout of autonomous vehicles (AV) is predicted to begin around 2025, gaining public acceptance by 2030 & largely replacing non-autonomous vehicles by 2040-2045.
Many tout the AV as a silver bullet, allowing drastic reductions in car ownership and parking, electric vehicle fleets, “working commutes,” and so on. But an AV is more accurately described as a “disruptor” rather than a “silver bullet,” potentially increasing both sprawl and traffic, and eviscerating mass transit use.
We must shape our cities, regions, and policies to guide the use of AVs in a sustainable manner to minimize—among other things—the developmental sprawl they could enable. What are policymakers doing to prepare for and shape the impacts of AVs in our region?
Jonathan Hopkins, Executive Director, Commute Seattle
Evan Corey Costagliola, New Mobility Program Manager, Seattle Dept. of Transportation
Darren Lamberti, Business Development Director, Best Mile
Jerome Unterreiner, Principal, HOK
Dylan Glosecki AIA, Architect, VIA