Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) and the Future of Global Sustainable Mobility

Thursday, March 24, 2022, 5 - 7pm

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Autonomous vehicles will possibly have the most transformative impact on the transportation industry and society at large in the 21st century. Will they contribute to a more sustainable and accessible society or will they exacerbate the transportation issues we face today? Join us for a discussion on the future of autonomous vehicles with Sam "Gridlock Sam" Schwartz, founder and consultant of Sam Schwartz Engineering, and William Wang, chair and CEO of Young Professionals in Transportation International and Schwarzman Scholar. Daniel Weiss, senior rail project manager at Arup, moderates.

The program is presented both in-person and via Livestream by Cooper Union's student chapters of ITE and IEEE. Young Professionals in Transportation (YPT) International is the external partner of this event, and this is the flagship event of YPT’s Global Transportation Priorities: Autonomous Vehicles in the 21st Century Series. Cooper Union Students can enter a raffle to receive a year of YPT Membership for free. More information here.

YPT members who RSVP and attend this event will be entered into a raffle to receive a free signed copy of Sam "Gridlock Sam" Schwartz’s critically acclaimed book, No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future. Five YPT members will be selected to receive a free signed copy as part of the raffle. To become a YPT member for only $20 a year, click here. You must be a YPT member before the event to enter the raffle for the free signed book. 

Attendees are required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster and must wear a CDC-recommended mask (disposable surgical, KN95, KF94, or N95) while indoors. Cloth masks alone are not permitted but may be worn as a second layer over a disposable surgical mask.


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