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TD Future Cities Speaker Series: Anthony Townsend

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Evergreen Brick Works

550 Bayview Avenue

Toronto, ON M4W 3X8

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Future of Mobility: The impact of driverless vehicles on our cities

Speaker: Anthony Townsend – Author, SMART CITIES: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for A New Utopia

Moderator: Petrina Gentile - Writer and award-winning automotive journalist, The Globe and Mail

Author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia, Anthony Townsend, will break down the modern day myths of driverless vehicles in the second ever TD Future Cities Speaker Series event.


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Over the next two decades, advances in vehicle automation are expected to cause a rapid transition from human-driven vehicles to computer-driven ones. Many anticipate this will bring forwards benefits such as improved safety, reduced traffic, and increased mobility. But to effectively harness these benefits, it will be crucial to understand and manage the impacts driverless cars will have on our communities – specifically on energy consumption and land use.

It is becoming increasingly clear that automated vehicles offer opportunities for innovation and impact, including the radical transformation of our freight industry, increased innovation in the types of vehicles we create, and the development of new financial instruments and policies.

Join Anthony Townsend as he looks at how these advancements will shape a future that is potentially both more weird and more wonderful than we have yet to imagine.

Doors open at 5:30pm.



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Dr. Anthony Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on urbanization and digital technology. He is the founder of Bits and Atoms, a smart cities strategy consultancy and planning studio that works with industry, government and philanthropy on economic development, digital placemaking, and strategic technology forecasting. He is the author of Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013).


About the TD Future Cities Speaker Series

Bringing together innovators and city builders from across sectors, the TD Future Cities Speaker Series invites us all to reimagine urban futures that are equitable, regenerative and prosperous for all.

These engaging talks from the leading minds in urban systems, from technology to mobility, will energize attendees and inspire all to think about the future of inclusive city building.

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