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What it’d take for LA to become driverless-car ready by 2035




A pilot model of an Uber self-driving car drives down a street on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
A pilot model of an Uber self-driving car drives down a street on September 13, 2016 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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On Wednesday, Councilman David Ryu introduced a motion in City Council that would make LA driverless car ready in 20 years.

The proposal would clear the way for agencies and departments like the Los Angeles Department of Transport to devote resources in conceiving how LA could become an autonomous transit city, and how much money it takes to make that a reality.

Many lofty ideals are attached to the vision of an autonomous transit city. Advocates say that it can lead to everything from the end of car ownership to the elimination of bumper-to-bumper gridlock.

How true is that vision? Does the city of LA have the resources to make it happen?

Guests:

Nicholas Greif, Director of Policy & Legislation for Councilmember David Ryu representing Council District 4, which includes Hancock Park, Hollywood, Los Feliz and other neighborhoods; he tweets @NickGreif

Ashley Z. Hand, co-founder of CityFi, a company that focuses on the integration of technology in the urban environment. She recently served as the Transportation Technology Strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation, and developed public policy for shared mobility, automated vehicles and other technologies; she tweets @azhandkc

Nidhi Kalra, Senior information scientist at RAND, who has been studying autonomous vehicle policy for the last 10 years; she tweets @FollowNidhi