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Flying cars. Driverless cars. "Greener" airplanes. Space travel. High-speed rail. Superhighways. Booming urban populations, crumbling infrastructures, and energy pressures are demanding that we reconsider how we move. What are the disruptive ideas that will cause us to rethink the way we navigate the globe? Or, will smart phones and Google Glasses eliminate the need to travel at all? We offer a glimpse of how we will —or won’t — move around our cities, regions, and the world in the next fifty years.

Flying Cars? The Future of Transportation The Aspen Ideas Festival

    • Technologie

Flying cars. Driverless cars. "Greener" airplanes. Space travel. High-speed rail. Superhighways. Booming urban populations, crumbling infrastructures, and energy pressures are demanding that we reconsider how we move. What are the disruptive ideas that will cause us to rethink the way we navigate the globe? Or, will smart phones and Google Glasses eliminate the need to travel at all? We offer a glimpse of how we will —or won’t — move around our cities, regions, and the world in the next fifty years.

    • video
    Getting around Next Generation Cities: The Shared Future of Transportation

    Getting around Next Generation Cities: The Shared Future of Transportation

    Transportation is trending from the “me”-mentality of single occupancy vehicles to the “we”-mentality of the sharing economy. Is collaborative consumption the future of transportation? Innovations in peer-sharing transit systems such as bike sharing and car sharing are gaining momentum in cities across the world. Gabe Klein's work in both the public and private sector, and his unique experience launching Divvy Bike Share in Chicago, Capital Bike Share in DC, as well as with Zipcar, make him an authority on the subject. How are these systems providing equitable access to public transit in new ways? What new opportunities does the sharing economy provide? Is this cultural shift presenting a unique opportunity to reconsider the ways that organizations can induce mainstream transportation alternatives, moving toward the new collaborative frontier?
    Gabe Klein and Sommer Mathis

    • 55 Min.
    • video
    A City as Start-Up: Zappos and Downtown Project

    A City as Start-Up: Zappos and Downtown Project

    Culture is to a company as community is to a city: it's about values, innovation, serendipity, participation, upward mobility, and attraction of smart startups and the creative class. Tony Hsieh is applying his successful Zappos corporate culture model to help build the most community-focused large city in the world in the place you would least expect it: downtown Las Vegas. Research has shown that every time the size of a city doubles, productivity and innovation per resident increases by 15 percent; but when companies get bigger, productivity per employee generally goes down. With this new $350 million Downtown Project, Hsieh is creating a unique hybrid of corporation, community, and city to drive productivity and innovation both for Zappos as well as the city itself.
    Speakers: Tony Hsieh, David Brooks

    • 53 Min.
    • video
    Fueling the Future: What Will We Run On?

    Fueling the Future: What Will We Run On?

    Hydrogen fuel cells. Electricity. Biofuels. Petroleum. Natural gas. Hybrids. The debate about fueling our vehicles marches reliably onward. With staunch advocates for so many fuel alternatives, how do we decide what we will use in the future? What are the benefits and drawbacks to each? Who is responsible for making policy that, in the end, might not please all the different stakeholder groups?
    Speakers: Jaycie Chitwood, Niel Golightly, Daniel Sperling, and Meghan L. O'Sullivan,

    • 59 Min.
    • video
    Designing the Vehicle of the Future

    Designing the Vehicle of the Future

    Vehicle design innovation is no longer simply about making a pretty car. As urbanization continues at a rapid pace across the globe, new business models and advanced vehicle technologies like autonomous cars, self-righting motorcycles, fully electric engines, and pre-collision safety systems are permeating the landscape in response to this growth and reshaping the total driver experience. How will the vehicle of the future interact with an urban area and improve the lives of its inhabitants? How do we develop local and national policies to regulate intelligent transportation? What changes need to be made to our nation’s infrastructure to appropriately manage these new technologies?
    Speakers: Lawrence Burns, Danny Kim, Jim Pisz, and Alexis Madrigal

    • 1 Std.
    • video
    Mobile Technologies: Revolutionizing How We Travel?

    Mobile Technologies: Revolutionizing How We Travel?

    Information has the potential to revolutionize your travel experience. The building blocks of a connected infrastructure are already being put in place with services like Parker to help people find parking spaces, bikesharing apps like Spotcycle, Uber-like taxi companies, and many local transit apps. The potential is huge, but so are the challenges. There are issues around the sharing of information; how will transit data be used, and should it be sold? Will our smartphones dictate how we get around in the future, and what will cities and governments have to do to make that happen? This session will discuss some of the issues around technological innovation, regulation, and multi-modal transportation.
    Speakers: David Alpert, Zia Yusuf, and Jon Stewart

    • 58 Min.
    • video
    Cars: Autonomous v. Automated

    Cars: Autonomous v. Automated

    Traffic safety is a blend of people, vehicles and the driving environment overall. As technology makes it possible for cars to operate themselves entirely, this session will explore the intelligent transportation environment of the future, and the unfolding policy, infrastructure and social hurdles that will present themselves. Is driver-less the answer or is Silicon Valley underestimating the complex environment autonomous technologies present?
    Speakers: Chris Hostetter Scott Tong

    • 52 Min.

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