Hands Off the Wheel: Is it time to rethink urban mobility?
Once considered an essential part of adulthood and societal status, the future of the car in the face of rapid urbanization, rising fuel costs and environmental concern is open for discussion. Driverless cars, significantly enhanced electric vehicles, ‘smarter’ cars the equivalent of 1/5 a standard car space – all are under development. Meanwhile, incentives for using ‘greener transportation’ are widely available, albeit with limited successes, and whilst it is widely agreed that we need to reduce our dependence on oil and decarbonise, progress has been slow.
Current policy on low carbon city transport seems embedded in the desire to replicate current models, rather than taking the opportunity to creatively rethink urban mobility and encourage different ‘travelling behaviour’. Transport can work within our rapidly urbanizing structures – but not in the traditional way. This event will look at how we need to rethink urban design and mobility in a more creative way. It will consider:
- What is the future of the car, and how can the success of car-sharing initiatives can replicated more widely in our transport structures?
- Are we likely to see an increase in car sharing in the interim or are people wedded to their vehicles?
- How might technologies such as driverless cars alter our communities, and are such advances desirable?
- How realistic and effective are current policy mechanisms, such as the incentives around electric vehicles, and what other techniques or mechanisms might be employed?
CHAIR: Professor Ian Goldin, Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford
SPEAKERS: Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Dr Malcolm McCulloch, Director, Institute for Carbon and Energy Reduction in Transport, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, Nathan Koren, Associate – Transport, Technology and Planning, Capita Symonds
Other speakers TBC
6pm registration for a 6.30pm start
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