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The future of transport: Preparing for driverless vehicles? With Nathan Koren

The robots have arrived. Driverless transport pods are now in operation at Heathrow Terminal 5 and several other locations around the world. Driver-assist technologies are becoming commonplace. Many believe that fully driverless cars will be commercially available before the decade is out. But what will the broader impact of driverless transport be?

Automobiles were once called "horseless carriages," as though the lack of a horse was their most important feature. In reality, they changed the way we work, live, and play; changed the way we design cities; and altered the global economy, political landscape, and climate.

It will be the same with driverless vehicles: we can expect their impact to be go far beyond simply being able to take our hands off the wheel.

This presentation and discussion goes into depth about how automated transport will affect our lives and reshape the the world's cities.

About the speaker:

Nathan Koren is a London-based, American-born architect, transport planner, and entrepreneur. He is widely recognised as a leading authority on Automated Transit Networks, and designed what is scheduled to become the world's first urban-scale system, in Amritsar, India.

Nathan works as a Transport Technology & Planning Consultant for Capita Symonds, and recently founded Podaris, a cloud-based platform for the collaborative design of Automated Transit Networks.

Nathan holds an Architecture degree from Arizona State University, and an MBA from the University of Oxford.

Logistics:

2pm-4pm, Saturday 6th July

Venue: Room B18, Birkbeck College, Torrington Square WC1E 7HX, London.

Room B18 is on the basement level in the main Birkbeck College building, in Torrington Square (which is a pedestrian-only square). Torrington Square is about 10 minutes walk from either Russell Square or Goodge St tube stations.

Coffee and other light refreshments can be purchased from the Costa Coffee shop in the reception area of the building, either ahead of or after the meeting.

The event will be followed by a chance to continue the discussion in a nearby pub - The Marlborough Arms, 36 Torrington Place, London WC1E 7HJ

Optional pre-meeting rendezvous - please feel free to join a small number of regular London Futurist attendees at the Marlborough Arms any time from 12.30pm onwards, for general chat over a light lunch and/or drinks. To find us, look out for a table with a futurist book on it.

Covering meeting costs:

A small fee (£5) is payable to attend this meetup. This fee covers room costs. Please pay in advance, online.

This will be refunded if the meeting is cancelled or rearranged, or if the attendee cancels at least 3 days before the meetup.

Alternatively, if there are still seats available, payment can be made in cash at the door on the day. (Requesting payment in advance assists with accurate planning of the event.)

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  • Kiran M.

    Tel Aviv to Eilat in 7 minutes: The first Hyperloop will be in Israel
    http://www.geektime.com/2014/04/01/tel-aviv-to-eilat-in-7-minutes-the-first-hyperloop-will-be-in-israel/

    1 · April 4, 2014

  • Kiran M.

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Tina de S.

    Finally an expert on this subject!! Great factual presentation by Nathan on the issues, opportunities and timeframes on driverless vehicles on a macro and micro level. Great choice on subject matter and expert David!

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • Trish

    Thanks to Nathan and David for a really engaging and informative presentation.

    July 8, 2013

  • William E.

    I heartily concur with other sentiments about the very engaging presentation - and thank you Nathan for encouraging such a great conversation in the pub afterwards.
    P.S. Is it me, or do the Marlborough Arms need to clean their taps?? I had quite a headache on Sunday. Too much sun perhaps!

    July 8, 2013

  • Uri G.

    A wonderful, illuminating and highly expert talk about the practical and near-term options for driverless mass transit.

    1 · July 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fascinating talk, very glad I went along. Will certainly be coming to future events.

    July 7, 2013

  • Kiran M.

    An excellent talk, with a deep understanding of the many threads and themes needed for real change. Thanks to David for arranging it. Thanks to Nathan for the talk and extended highly illuminating discussions afterwards.

    2 · July 7, 2013

  • Tina de S.

    David which room at Birkbeck? through main SOAS entrance?

    July 6, 2013

    • David W.

      Main building, so-called Malet St. Room is B18 in basement. Simplest access is down staircase C

      July 6, 2013

  • Geoff H.

    Actually I can't miss this

    July 6, 2013

    • David W.

      I know how you feel! The sunshine is very compelling today. But the topic under discussion is even more compelling :-)

      July 6, 2013

  • Eewei C.

    Apologies, really wanted to attend but have family events to attend on Saturday now.

    July 6, 2013

  • Geoff H.

    Abducted by sunshine

    July 6, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Sorry again ..

    A working hyperlink to the Forbes article referred to below is:
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/bruceupbin/2013/06/13/debunking-the-narrative-of-silicon-valleys-innovation-might/
    (I hope!)

    Is there a way for authors to edit their own posts here?

    How does one ensure that hyperlinks will work once the dreaded 'post button' has been clicked on, if not?

    July 4, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Sharky, sorry I accidently hit return, had to delete my erroneous post and then could not re-post below. So..

    The PTTs (Postal, Telegraph and Telecoms) were monopolies, such as BT, Deutsche Telekom and AT&T that dominated the sector prior to liberalisation. Although then rightly regarded as 'Dinosaurs' they also spawned much innovation. Although not transport focussed, this reminds me of some work of great relevance to futurists, about where major innovations truly come from. A link to a relevant short Forbes article is here http://onforb.es/11yr... . The original 152pp publication discussed in this, by Marion Mazzucato can be accessed here: http://www.demos.co.uk/files/Entrepreneurial_State_-_web.pdf I am currently exploring options to roll out a social media site, a forum or wiki for informed discussion on some of these many subjects at www.thinkofthefuture.org and would greatly appreciate any thoughts. Steve [at] thinkofthefuture.com.

    July 4, 2013

  • Steve L.

    Sad I cannot make this event. Advances have so far been just step-changes albeit advancing exponentially, from the ox cart, through the first horseless carriages, to tomorrow’s driverless vehicles. We could achieve more, quicker. Telecoms took a leap when it started conveying payloads digitally and the PTTs needed standards to coordinate investment. I am not suggesting items could be ‘beamed’ from point A to point B in the near future; but that even tomorrow’s driverless transport has a long way to go to catch up with recent advances in Telecoms. What is needed is a physical transport equivalent of telecoms' OSI framework for standards. Telecoms’ OSI has 7 standards layers from ‘physical’ to ‘session’, each of which has many sub-layers and has underpinned massive, often open innovations. The same frame-worked standards-enabled open innovation applied to physical transport could lead to massive benefits across the board, but where does one start?

    1 · July 3, 2013

    • David W.

      Hi Steve - Interesting thoughts!

      I suspect that there are many people in and around the transport industry who have ideas along similar lines as you suggest. If this Saturday's discussion goes well, I am inclined to organise several more on this same general topic.

      As one possible starter for (sort of) beaming articles from point A to point B, consider the Matternet: http://matternet.us/o...­

      1 · July 4, 2013

    • Sharky - Shariq P.

      What's a PPT?

      July 4, 2013

  • Sharky - Shariq P.

    I Think it would be a great idea to identify and invite an appropriate person from Transport for London!

    July 4, 2013

  • Brian From C.

    now back in

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • David W.

    I've written a preview of this event here: http://dw2blog.com/2013/07/03/preparing-for-driverless-vehicles/

    1 · July 3, 2013

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