Ep 57: SPECIAL GUEST INTERVIEW: Assistant Professor of Regional Planning at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Dan Piatkowski

Dan Piatkowski

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.

On Tuesday (Episode 56) we discussed Dan’s article over at GreenBiz titled “Safe, efficient self-driving cars could block walkable, livable communities.”

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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