Building Health Part One: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles
Friday, October 12, 2018
10 a.m. - noon CDT
Minneapolis, MN, United States
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Cities are complex organisms. They have traditionally been shaped by professionals - planners, designers, engineers - and they in turn impact the ecosystems around and within. But the traditional ways of building cities have inhibited human health, and negatively impacted the natural environment. Building Health is an event series designed to bring together students, faculty, and practitioners from across city-making disciplines, as well as others from public health and environmental sciences to exchange ideas and connect around designing healthy, sustainable cities. There will be five events during the 2018-2019 academic year. The first is on connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs).
Isolation, obesity, congestion, emissions, sprawl. These are just a handful of the consequences of our auto-oriented transportation infrastructure. How will connected and autonomous vehicles change the system, with an eye to these specific issues? How can autonomous and connected vehicles be integrated into a multimodal system which still prioritizes people above machines of any kind? These are the types of questions we plan to explore with our panelists.
Attendees will learn about:
· The intersection of planning and research on CAVs
· The potential effects of CAVs on human and environmental health
· Steps that are currently being taken to mitigate these effects in Minnesota
· How an interdisciplinary approach can help planners prepare for CAVs at the local, regional, and state levels
Attendees will have the opportunity to ask their own questions of the panelists, and to network with other attendees. This is a great opportunity to connect not only with other planners interested in these ideas, but also academics and professionals from across a variety of disciplines.
Michael W. Levin
Melissa Poehlman, firstname.lastname@example.org