The Future of Transportation: Autonomy and Interdependence

The Future of Transportation: Autonomy and Interdependence

Doors open @ 6pm — Come early and meet other Long Now thinkers — Presentation starts @ 7pm

December 3, 02018: A Long Now Boston Community Conversation with
Robin Chase, Transportation Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of Zipcar

See the after-event writeup for a discussion of this event.

Hollywood and the comic books get it all wrong. There are no flying cars. Yet.

The movie Minority Report (2002) offered an interesting vision of urban transportation, with self-driving hover cars moving on multi-tiered 3D highways at high speeds – all fully interconnected and (it turns out) fully controlled by an untrustworthy bureaucracy. According to Robin Chase, the co-founder of Zipcar and Veniam and a leading visionary on the shared economy, that image is comically flawed.

Autonomous cars on a road with visible connection

Join the Long Now Boston conversation as Robin Chase shares her perspective on the not too distant future of transportation technology, and the roadmap we need to follow to get there.

Among the topics we’ll explore through a Long Now lens:

  • What technology innovations will be fundamental to the movement of people and goods in the future?
  • What are the institutional challenges we are going to have to solve to achieve smarter, cleaner transportation systems?
  • How do current policies and regulatory frameworks stifle innovation and reward complacency — and how do we fix them?
  • What changes in infrastructure investments, and even in capitalism itself, are needed to enable more sustainable, adaptive and resilient transportation systems?

Join the conversation and be part of the solution.

$15 in advance // $20 at the door. Students w/ID admitted free.
Audience participation is encouraged.

The Long Now Boston Conversation Series hosts leading transportation entrepreneur, Robin Chase to share her vision for a future where transportation is optimized for human needs. The opportunities are closer than you think.

Robin Chase is a leading transportation entrepreneur. The co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar, she also founded Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, and GoLoco, a ride-sharing company, and is co-founder of Veniam, a vehicle network communications company. In 2015, she authored, Peers Inc: How People and Platforms are Inventing the Collaborative Economy and Reinventing Capitalism (2015). Robin is a graduate of Wellesley College (B.A.), and the MIT Sloan School of Management (M.B.A.), and won a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a popular speaker and presenter, and serves as a Board member for the World Resources Institute.

We’re proud and excited to welcome Robin to the Long Now Boston community.

Cambridge Innovation Center is an in-kind sponsor of this Long Now Boston conversation. We are very grateful for their support.