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Autonomous Vehicles and the Future of Cities
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
8:30–9:00AM Buffet Breakfast
9:00–12:00PM Meeting
12:00–1:00PM Lunch
Location: MITRE Corporation
7515 Colshire Dr, McLean, VA 22102


In 1907, more than 400,000 people crossed the Brooklyn Bridge each day by foot, streetcar, and horse. Eighty years later, with nearly the entire roadway given over to motor vehicles, fewer than 200,000 people crossed each day. What will the Brooklyn Bridge look like in 25 years?

Autonomous vehicles and ridesharing services will increase its car capacity as well as the average number of passengers per vehicle. But will they also draw ridership from the subway system? Will they cause the demise of less robust mass transit systems? What will happen to parking garages and parking lanes? And, most importantly, what will be the secondary and even tertiary effects upon our cities? In 1908, the year Ford introduced the Model A, no one predicted suburbs, big box stores, fast food outlets, malls, or even the interstate highway system, which would only come half a century later.

Finally, what unique security challenges will autonomous vehicles present—especially with direct car-to-car communication, reliance on the cloud, and a need for split-second driving decisions?


Jennifer Mathieu, Lead for Intelligent Cities Research at MITRE
Adam Drobot, Chair, IEEE IoT Activities Board, and Chairman of the Board of OpenTechWorks, Inc.
Zabe Bent, Principal, Nelson Nygaard says

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