How to Make Your Small Town Autonomous Vehicle Friendly
Tuesday, January 1, 2019, midnight
Thursday, December 31, 2020, midnight CST
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Self-driving cars, electrification and shared mobility are usually discussed in the context of “smart cities.” But autonomous vehicles stopping at the big-city line will not be popular. Patchy connectivity and a lack of preparation and awareness among planners and policy makers in small town and suburban America threatens to create a drag on the success of the AV transition, and risks exacerbating the growing city/rural digital and economic divide. That’s bad for the AV industry – and bad for the people living in small towns and rural municipalities. This session looks at the infrastructure and policy changes that satellite cities, small towns and rural communities need to make in order to take advantage of electrification and self-driving technologies, and examines what AV manufacturers, Big Tech companies and TNCs are doing to help ensure economic and AV digital continuity between large cities and smaller surrounding municipalities.