8 November 2017

Self-driving Vehicles

Driverless vehicle technology is poised to revolutionize the transportation industry. But how will we ensure that all Minnesotans can benefit from this innovation? This week, a look at the efforts to roll out self-driving vehicles in an equitable manner, particularly in rural Minnesota.

Guest: Frank Douma, Director of the State and Local Policy Program at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs


  • Part 1 – 13:08

    These vehicles will likely be much safer drivers than humans, Douma says. “If we can improve the safety even halfway everybody will benefit that way.” Other benefits of self-driving vehicles include a reduction of road congestion and greater accessibility for the elderly and people with disabilities.

  • Part 2 – 13:25

    We can already see significant changes in the way we think about cars. Companies like GM and Ford are transitioning into mobility companies, not just traditional car companies, Douma says. However, Douma warns, if we don’t pay attention to policies concerning self-driving vehicles, only the rich will be able to access driverless cars and the vehicles could create greater urban sprawl.