Are we ready for driverless cars? | Lauren After watching this, your 10 months ago   15:45

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Driverless cars will be here before we know it. Lauren Isaac explores what problems they will solve and others they may create, if we don't learn to share.

Lauren Isaac serves as Manager of Sustainable Transportation and is the 2015 winner of the William Barclay Parsons Fellowship at Parsons Brinckerhoff, one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. She possesses expert knowledge on issues surrounding autonomous vehicles and is a driving force in helping city, state, and regional governments proactively respond to this potentially world-changing technological development. Lauren researches how the United States government should respond to driverless cars. She has a B.S. and Masters of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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The Snake Pit
Safe ? 😂 Yes until The one key fits all locks get hacked, Its gonna be exact uppersit, have people lost thier abillity to think ?
Before the War broke out the german people were also very safe ..
Have You lost Your mind , people think that thier so safe and there's never gonna be war again, when this completly insane New World Order are in place and a crazy person somehow get hold on the universal Key, nobody's gonna pick up noboby or pool cars,, you know why ? Cuz Everybody's gonna be dead..

Mama Mia just how naive can one be, Ding Dong, take a look at history what makes you think in The next 300 years thats not gonna happen..?
Sydney Williams
nope i dont agree
good speech tho
Kevin DeLuna
Unfortunately the dream of driverless cars is interesting but reality doesn't allow much of it...
Long Beach. Bradly dalmatian
I don't know but to me she comes across as someone that doesn't want to work too hard. Hey I have no problem with that however sustainability Will be the key to win this all comes out to the public
Long Beach. Bradly dalmatian
Business owners share cars with their employees every day and it's been proven they don't take care of them. Just like the old saying something that is given to you ,,Rather than you paying for it The person that gets something for free never takes care of it as much as the person that worked hard and paid for it
Long Beach. Bradly dalmatian
Meanwhile she sitting on the beach on her 25th vodka and tonic, are we as a society so lazy to drive???
Planes have been on auto pilot for almost 8 years but there is always a pilot for safety , so what's the point of having a driverless car if you're gonna need acopilot for safety?
I love the idea I think it's great I just don't see it being sustainable ,there's a lot of trucking companies right now that have a hard time paying for a new tires and fuel and basic maintenance let alone 100,000 Dollar add on
bert havermout
Less accidents with driver-less cars: sorry madam prove that first! Send my son of 7 to school with a driverless car? does it care what happens to him if he steps out of the car on the road? A taxi driver does! etc., etc. All in all, a very weak argument. Nobody needs driverless cars!
Dragon Meatloaf
She’s not talking about the amount of hackers that could easily hack into the cars. That could increase the amount of accidents, there are sick people out there and they would love to hack into the cars and hurt people. Plus she said driverless cars would lower traffic; no because of all the schedules people would make for their cars like, picking up groceries, picking up their kids, and all that. That would increase traffic because of all the people making these schedules.
Ramona Swanson
Wow so many lives will be saved . I can't wait but it's 2019 and still no self drivering cars
Ariana yang
Then its not a treat, its sth developed to widen the gap between class. You see people are worried about public problems like congession and greenhouse gas emission, but they also want theyeasy way around. So the only way seem to be eliminate people from using it by making it "expensive".
Rob Banks
driver-less cars just promote lack of skill and awareness on the road.
Two things to consider about driverless cars:

Not everyone lives in the city.

What do we do with a driverless cars that has 250,000 miles? Will we need mandatory inspections much more in depth than that we have now?
Alejandro de la Luz
we already pay a yearly car insurance, we already pay the car and the regular services to their parts why not pay a fee to have a very good transport
Alejandro de la Luz
the best part of it all is that they are going to be granting freedom to the blind, older, those with injuries and parents would not be tight to kids delivering them to school, the behavior of the streets could be managed as if they would be like veins in a body and the traffic would be really like blood, if every car would be communicated with the city , every one or every car would be feeding the origin and destination to the city, the intelligent city would be able to close and open streets, change . streets directions.

One of the most beneficial aspects I think . would . be . that parking spaces would not be . needed because the most efficient car is going to be moving all day transporting someone
Kyle David
I love driving my Jeep!!
Jim Kaufman
Trains have no real need for an engineer, a computer can easily replace them. Yet that job still exists.
Airplanes in the last 20 years have become completely autonomous and have no real need for an on board flight crew. But we still have pilots.
The odds of professional truck drivers disappearing before locomotive engineers and airline pilots are slim to none.
a.k.a. why you shouldn' t leave driverless cars up to women.

Driverless taxis will work if it's more convenient then taking the bus. The only way in which it can work if it's a normal taxi, but because they don't have to pay drivers, you can take a subscription that will allow you to take a taxi from anywhere to anywhere else, at the price of a bus subscription today. And by calling it to anywhere by using an app. This would also mean you never have to travel back to your car or remember where you parked, or pay for parking.

Also you don't send your car to take groceries from the store. How would a car be able to go inside a store? You get your groceries delivered at your house.

The big benefits of this would be you wouldn't need to own a car ever.

Nobody likes the sharing part.
Dixon Chan
What a boring presenter !
Jacob Mecklenborg
No, they won't be here "before we know it". This video is two years old and there has been no change to daily life. Many intelligent people assert that Level 5 autonomy will never, ever exist. Not for 50+ years. This lady is shilling for the industry and wants to kill current public transportation planning.
I lost vision in 2003, I have been involved with computers since the mid 80s, most people back then had No need for a computer I had an older friend that I wanted to build a computer for and she told me she did not want one of those dam things in her house 10 years later around 95 she ask me to build her a computer. people don't like change until it happens then they find they need it
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