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In the future of transportation energy consumption, autonomous vehicles represent a giant question mark. The technology has the potential to change vehicle design, energy efficiency, vehicle ownership, travel behavior, and the very fabric of our cities. Can fleet control, car sharing, platooning, and algorithms be used to create a more efficient transportation system? Will autonomy spur urban sprawl? Should we care about energy consumption if all cars are electric? Join us for a conversation on the impacts of autonomy on transportation, energy use, and urban layouts, bringing together an autonomous vehicle CEO, a transportation expert and urban planner, and thought leaders in autonomy and its impacts on energy efficiency.

Ryan Chin  CEO and Co-founder - Optimus Ride   Bio

Ryan Chin
CEO and Co-founder - Optimus Ride
Bio

Kathryn Carlson  Director of Transportation - A Better City   Bio

Kathryn Carlson
Director of Transportation - A Better City
Bio

Jinhua Zhao  Professor - MIT   Bio

Jinhua Zhao
Professor - MIT
Bio

Rafael Carbonell  Director - HKS Taubman Center for the Local and State Government   Bio

Rafael Carbonell
Director - HKS Taubman Center for the Local and State Government
Bio


Primer reading - learn more about this topic before the conference

Big Fuel Savings From Autonomous Vehicles (~3 min read)

The Self-Driving Dilemma (~5 min read)

Adoption of autonomous vehicles could increase U.S. transportation energy consumption (~4 min read)