Autonomous Vehicles: Coming To A Street Near You
Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) have become the centerpiece of the mobility future and widely predicted to disrupt trucking, public transit and traditional car ownership. AVs have therefore become a major focus for traditional automakers as well as big Silicon Valley players and wholly new startups. Advancements and investments have come quickly including General Motors acquiring the startup Cruise with investments totaling at least $7.25 billion as of 2019. Google’s Waymo, one of the most established players, having been started nearly 11 years ago, recently marked over 20 million miles driven on public roads, some even without a safety driver at the wheel.
But as startups receive billions in investments, prototype vehicles are refined through millions of miles of testing and traditional automakers race to be leaders in this technology, little work has been done to explore what business applications are initially viable for AVs. Will AVs be first seen at your curb as a ride-hailing service or will the movement of goods be where AVs first thrive? Does the cost and technical complexity of fully automated vehicles relegate them only to fleet applications or will you have one in your driveway? Will government policy affect what businesses experience disruption, and which are relatively immune to automation?
Join the DC Autonomous Vehicles Association and the Georgetown McDonough School of Business for a panel discussion featuring experts from across the public and private sectors to understand these complex issues and how autonomous vehicles will transform existing transportation business models.
Sue Bai, Chief Engineer, Automobile Technology, Honda Motor Company
Richard Bishop, Principal, Bishop Consulting
Selika Talbott, Lecturer, Autonomous Vehicle Policy and Regulation, American University