TODAY! Thrilled and honored to have special guest Dan Piatkowski join me on the show! Dan’s the Assistant Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and we’ll be discussing his article (discussed in the second segment of the previous episode) suggesting that autonomous vehicles and pedestrian-friendly cities may be mutually exclusive goals; that we can have perhaps just one or the other, but not both.
His article can best be summarized by a particularly bold claim he makes, that we “we can have a world of safe, efficient, driverless cars, or we can have a world where people can walk, bike and take transit in high-quality, human communities.”
In short then, Dan seemed to be making the argument that autonomous cars and pedestrian-friendly cities are effectively mutually exclusive goals; you can have one or the other, but not both.
In the previous episode, I questioned Dan’s argument, and figured the best way to settle it was to discuss it with him. So, that’s what I set out to do.
One LinkedIn invite and several emails later, and Dan was gracious enough to lend thirty minutes of his time for today’s podcast. So have a listen to our discussion on all of this and more, including the rather tongue-(not really?)-in-cheek hypothetical of what autonomous cars are to do if surrounded by criminals! (Hence today’s #FridayPollDay; don’t forget to cast your vote at @AutonomousHoag on Twitter!)
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