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Transportation, Parking, Land-use Seminar – FREE - Thurs, Nov 5, 7:30pm

  • Cypress Senior Community Center 403 Cypress Avenue San Jose, CA, 95117 United States (map)

Traffic and circulation are two of the biggest issues any development proposal faces, but what are we doing to address it?

Join us for a free seminar on Thursday, Nov 5 at 7:30pm to hear from experts in this field – arrive early for light snacks!


The notion that virtually anyone will be able to afford a chauffeur seems ridiculous. But then again, ten years ago, only a few experts and visionaries saw a future where most everyone would have personal assistants that listen to and respond with information that range from arcane to life-saving. The combination of automation, connectivity, electrification, and sharing is going to revolutionize transportation in a way that is similar to how the smart phone has transformed communications and computing.

Princeton’s Dr. Alain Kornhauser is one of those experts who has seen and been working on the future of mobility for many decades. Kornhauser will provide a broad overview of the current state of automating the transportation experience, the hurdles that must be overcome, and how we get to a world where a “personal chauffeur” is more typical than not.

In addition to impacting the way we move from place-to-place, autonomous vehicles will change land-use. For instance, when a vehicle can park itself (as Tesla will be able to later this year), the need to closely couple parking with living space may go away. This is significant, as some estimate that 1/3 of the land in a typical urban area is set aside for vehicles through roads and parking. Assistant Professor Shannon Sanders McDonald, AIA, who wrote the book on the parking garage, will address the impact autonomy will have on land-use and the “built-environment”.

-Hosted by Winchester NAC (Neighborhood Action Coalition)