How Will Self-Driving Cars Reshape Our Cities?


As high-tech entrepreneurs and local governments seek to pave the way for a “smart” urban future, major cities from Pittsburgh to Phoenix have become laboratories for the driverless car revolution.

Cities are driving the transition to the age of autonomous transportation, and they will in turn be transformed by it, much like the last automotive revolution of the mid-20th century proved instrumental in designing our great American cities, not to mention our daily lives. 

Join Future Tense, transportation planners from Phoenix and Pittsburgh, representatives from Waymo, Lyft, Intel, and Toyota, and leading academic researchers for a discussion of the technological revolution now unfolding on our city streets. 

This event will be a part of the week-long grand opening of ASU's Barrett & O'Connor Center in downtown DC. Lunch will be provided. 

Future Tense is a partnership of Slate, New America, and Arizona State University.

Follow the conversation online using #FTDriverlessCities and following @FutureTenseNow.


11:30-12:00PM: Designing the Transition to Autonomous Mobility

Michael Crow 
President, Arizona State University

Tekedra Mawakana

Vice President, Global Head of Policy & Government Affairs, Waymo 

12:00-12:45PM: Paving the Road for Smart Cities 

Jordan Crenshaw*
Assistant Policy Counsel and Committee Executive, C_TEC, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Grady Gammage, Jr.
Senior Fellow, Morrison Institute for Public Policy, Arizona State University
Senior Sustainability Scholar, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University
Founder, Gammage and Burnham 

Eric Anderson
Transportation Director, Maricopa Association of Governments


Wellington Reiter
Executive Director, University City Exchange, Arizona State University 

12:45-1:30PM: What Does Our Driverless Future Look Like? 

Karina Ricks 
Director of Department of Mobility and Infrastructure, City of Pittsburgh 

Robert Grant 
Senior Director of Global Public Policy; Head of Autonomous Vehicle Policy, Lyft 

Ken Laberteaux 
Senior Principal Scientist, Future Mobility Research, Toyota


Laura Bliss 
Staff Writer, CityLab

*Due to scheduling conflicts, Marjorie Dickman, Associate General Counsel, Global Director, Internet of Things and Automated Driving Policy, Intel, is no longer able to attend. Jordan Crenshaw will be joining as her replacement at her request.