Driving the debate

Episode 006

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Tuesday, Sept 22, Live Starting at 2pm New York Time

Produced by

Fred Fishkin, Ken Pyle, Michael Bino and Jeremiah Liu

Zoom-Tank Zoom-inars

Zoom-tank Zoom-inars are a live distance learning extension of the very engaging “shark-tank” segments of the  Annual Transportation Research Board Automated Vehicles Symposium held traditionally in July.  Physical distancing imposed by Covid-19 motivated this experiment of conducting the AV Shark-tank synchronously on Zoom.  The format of a short debate (5 minutes plus 2 minute rebuttal) by two learned individuals followed by a moderated 20 minute discussion engaging four sharks probing the debaters.  The remaining 20 minutes are devoted to addressing questions and issues presented by per-registered Zoom-inar participants that have been engaged on-line  synchronously since the beginning of the Zoom-inar. Late admission to the Live session is enabled avaliable through a separate YouTube link that enables only passive participation by the attendee.   The Zoom-inar duration is scheduled for one hour; however, an informal discussion among debaters, panelist and attendees will continue if appropriate.

Why Attend

This live event brings senior transportation professionals from around the world focused on the future of mobility, with particular attention on the role of automation in the future evolution of mobility and its contribution to improving the quality-of-life in cities, villages and neighborhoods around the world.

From the perspective of the traveler, the means of mobility, the getting from A to B, can be separated into two major sectors …

  • “Do-it-yourself” (walking, biking, driving a car… ), and
  • “Done-for-you” (conventional public transit, Uber/Lyft/taxi/limo, Amtrak, United Airlines, elevators, …)

The First Zoom-tank, Zoom-inar 001 on Monday April 27, The Driverless New Normal, focused on the Post Covid-19 future of automation of road transportation vehicles and its implications on existing “Do-it-yourself” mobility, especially the driving of personal cars.

This second Zoom-tank begins our focus on the “Done-for-you” sector(aka Transit or Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)) in contrast with “Do-it-yourself” mobility (aka driving a car). Because infrastructure plays such an important role in the delivery of “Done-for-you” mobility, we begin by focusing on Buses, a technologies that use the roadways that have been built for cars and trucks.

In the third Zoom-inar, we will focus on Rail and other technology that require their own right-of-way.

The debate and subsequent discussion with the panelist will focus the challenges and opportunities for this form of mobility and how technology and other public/private policy objectives can address the future mobility needs and aspirations of those that have relied on Mobility-as-a-Service that was delivered using buses.

For those that pre-register and attend the Zoom-inar Live from the beginning there will be an opportunity to engage in the discussion. For pre-registrants arriving late, access to the Live feed will be available on YouTube, but without an opportunity to interact and ask questions.

  • The public transport management sector has concentrated the debate about connectivity on whether and how V2X should be provided and centered the debate on technology.
  • The private automotive sector and their suppliers have concentrated the debate about connectivity on delivering value to customers in order to enhance their business competitiveness.
  • Service providers have now entered the debate with the claim that they, not the OEMs, are the true guardians of personal privacy.

But the debate is not really about technology nor is it about who delivers the best value for the money or the most privacy. It is about …


Registration is FREE … However, we do accept contributions to help offset the necessary overhead production costs incurred by Princeton Autonomous Vehicle Engineering (PAVE) research group that are necessary to produce these Zoom-tank Zoom-inars. Contributions are Gifts to Princeton University’s PAVE research group to support its knowledge dissemination activities which include the “weekly” preparation and distribution of the SmartDrivingCars eLetter, the “weekly” SmartDrivingCars Pod-casts and Zoom-casts.

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