The advent of autonomous vehicles is poised to transform the automobile industry as profoundly as the introduction of automated manufacturing assembly lines did nearly a century ago. This event will explore the social and economic case for welcoming the arrival of autonomous vehicles and explaining how they will deliver a range of benefits. The introduction of autonomous vehicles could significantly ameliorate the 36,500 traffic fatalities and $450 billion in economic losses that occur in the United States annually from traffic accidents, not to mention the $200 billion in economic losses and environmental damage from traffic congestion. And while autonomous vehicles certainly hold the potential to disrupt a number of industries—from automobile manufacturers, dealers, servicers, financers, and insurers to taxicabs and the healthcare and legal professions—they will simultaneously create an opportunity for innovative firms to introduce a range of creative new business models.
Please join us for a panel discussion on the progress being made toward the development of autonomous vehicle technologies and build the social and economic case for welcoming their speedy arrival.