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Exploring Disruptive Technologies and Smart City Mobility

New York, NY – (April 8, 2019): The New York International Auto Show is hosting two fast-paced panels featuring former GM Vice Chair Stephen Girsky, Lyft/Motivate, and directors of the C2SMART University Transportation Center at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

The Tech Talks take place on Thursday, April 18 at the Javits Center and comprise presentations and panel discussions on smart city mobility and disruptive transportation technologies set to revolutionize urban and exurban transportation.

10:05 am - 10:40 am

Disruptive Technologies for Transportation

Joseph Chow, Deputy Director of the C2SMART Center at NYU Tandon, leads a panel featuring Caroline Samponaro, Head of Bike, Scooter & Pedestrian Policy at Lyft/Motivate and Su Sanni, founder and CEO of transportation startup DollarRide, in a lively exploration of:

  • The micro-mobility trend and how Lyft-owned Motivate, the largest bike-sharing network in the U.S. is helping to drive the scooter and bike boom in cities nationwide
  • How DollarRide’s app-based service is serving NYC’s transportation deserts
  • The possibilities for achieving a fully autonomous-vehicle city
  • Whether a mixed autonomous city (some driver and some non-driver vehicles) is feasible
  • The role of disruptive technology in improving mobility in urban areas

11:50 am - 12:25 pm

Making Cities Smarter: Using Tech to Enhance Urban Mobility

How are connected vehicle technology and other systems transforming urban transportation? What is the role of connected devices in solving urban congestion and improving mobility?

Stephen Girsky, Managing Partner of mobility consultancy VectoIQ and former board member and Vice Chairman of General Motors, tackles these questions with a panel and presentations featuring Kaan Ozbay, Professor at NYU Tandon and Director of the C2SMART Center; Stephen Smyth, CEO of smart-city technology company Coord; and Ro Gupta, CEO of Brooklyn-based automotive-mobility startup Carmera.

Tech Talks @the New York Auto Show is open to all registered media and industry. 

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