Our Generation Could Be The Last One to Own Cars, Says US Transportation Secretary

Tim Kentley-Klay, Mayor William Peduto, Robin Chase and Secretary Anthony Foxx join Backchannel’s Jessi Hempel to talk about the future of urban transportation at the 2016 Frontiers Conference. The White House’s first-ever Frontiers Conference is underway in Pittsburgh, gathering ideas across science, technology, and robotics. Which now also includes transportation. The Urban Transportation Future panel discussed issues related to driverless cars and an autonomous future. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, mayor of Pittsburgh William Peduto, Zipcar co-founder Robin Chase, and Zoox CEO Tim Kentley-Klay all gathered to discuss what’s to come in the self-driving car space. “[My wish] is that people can imagine not owning cars,” said Chase, stressing the idea of driverless vehicles not just replacing personal cars but offering an alternative to ownership altogether. Chase continued, asking the audience to imagine, “a completely shared transportation system where they don’t spend 18 percent of their household income on their car. Once we have people imagining it, then we’ll push to make it happen.”


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