One hundred years ago, the advent of the personal automobile changed everything about the way people lived, worked and played. Now, cars are on the cusp of a new revolution which promises to change everything again.
So what will this brave new world full of self-driving cars and big data look like? That's what the speakers at this year's UPSHIFT will explore. And we've already taken the first steps with these people working building a better, safer, connected world. Their accomplishments give us a fleeting glimpse into our transportation future.
nuTonomy is already going driverless in Singapore
nuTonomy CEO Karl Iagnemma will walk on to the UPSHIFT stage in October secure in knowing his company was the first in the world to put autonomous rubber to the road. Their small, but growing, fleet of self-driving Mitsubishis began transporting Singapore residents in August. Customers simply summon a vehicle to their location using the company’s app. The service is still limited, but nuTonomy has big plans to expand. Even though nuTonomy engineers are still riding along, and the vehicles may be a little too careful, it’s a huge moment for the technology.
Pensa imagines a world of multiple mobility options
What will a world without human drivers look like? Pensa is the company daring to dream of a fully autonomous world. The company is a design firm tasked with imagining what cities of the future will look like and designing around that hypothesis. Pensa is responsible for real world designs as well, like Street Charge, the free, solar powered charging points in New York that sprang up three years ago. Earlier this summer, the company launched Third Space which imagines how cities will repurpose the vast amount of land currently devoted to parking spaces that will disappear with the advent of self-driving fleets. Creative Director Mark Prommel headed such projects as Street Charge and Merge Urban Bicycle, a perfectly compact Swiss army knife style road bike tailored to the needs of city-dwellers. He’ll be discussing how Autonomy and new forms of transportation will reshape our cities at this year’s UPSHIFT.
IBM's super smart computer powers a cute, self driving bus
IBM is always working on the very edge of emerging technology. It makes sense then that the company’s greatest achievement to date, the Jeopardy! winning super computer Watson, would end up in an autonomous vehicle. Watson was integrated into Local Motor’s Olli, the first self-driving vehicle to integrate advanced cognitive computing. Watson not only helps Olli analyze large amounts of transportation data the cloud-based computer also allows Olli to respond to rider’s questions about how Olli operates, planned routes, and even restaurant recommendations. The VP of IBM Watson, Internet of Things, Bret Greenstein, will talk about the partnership between IBM and Local Motors at UPSHIFT.