Zombie Cars Or Paradise? The Future Of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

Nov 21, 2016


When Zipcar hit the road in 2000 there was a lot of skepticism, said Justin Holmes, the company’s policy leader. “Back then it wasn’t called the sharing economy, it was called crazy.” As self-driving cars become more common, Holmes said sharing instead of owning them will make for stronger cities.
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When Ken Rosenberg thinks about self-driving cars, a particular incident comes to mind.

"One of the autonomous vehicles stopped in the middle of the road. There was a chicken running around the street, and the car didn't know what to do. But it wasn't just the chicken, a woman in a wheelchair was chasing the chicken. The car just basically shut down."

Rosenberg is vice mayor of Mountain View, California, the headquarters of where Google maintains its global headquarters. He was in the audience at the annual City Summit of the National League of Cities, held this year in Pittsburgh.

He took the mic to talk about what it's like to live in the future.

"We deal with autonomous vehicles every day," said Rosenberg. "They use our city as a test platform."

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