UVA Professors on the Future of Driverless Cars

UVA Professors on the Future of Driverless Cars


They call things like driverless
cars disruptive technologies. They’re something that is going
to change the way we live. But I think that
to be innovative means to not just think
about the technologies, but to also think about what
the impact of those technologies will be. We’re concerned about planning
the infrastructure that’s required for these vehicles. We no longer need
parking in front or adjacent to these
destinations people are at. We can drastically reduce
the number of cars, and it will really cut
down on urban congestion. We might be able to
provide access or mobility to a large number of people
who, right now, can’t make use of our very
vehicle-oriented system of mobility. Those are very
exciting possibilities. And so we’re working
with engineers and talking to planners
and working with historians to think about how
all of those things come together when
something disruptive like driverless vehicles
comes to us in our societies. We have a culture of innovation,
where people are unafraid to explore new frontiers. UVA has really tried
to bring extra value to the big questions. The big technological
questions, the big questions around health, all
of these issues, by bringing people together.