a16z Podcast

a16z Podcast: Cars and Cities, the Autonomy Edition

Sonal Chokshi, Frank Chen, Taggart Matthiesen, and Carl Pope

Posted February 8, 2017

Thanks to freeways, cities became something to get through instead of something to get to. Now, as the next transportation revolution — from rivers to trains to cars to autonomous cars — promises to change the face of our cities, what happens to car culture, infrastructure, and more?

Who owns what, who pays? And what about the design — and product management — challenges, whether it’s designing for user trust, city adoption, or an ever-moving target thanks to constantly evolving tech?

This episode of the podcast (in conversation with Sonal) covers all this and more, featuring: a16z’s Frank Chen, who recently shared 16 questions about autonomous cars; Taggart Matthiesen, director of product at Lyft who covers the core platform as well as development/strategy for autonomous vehicles; and Carl Pope, former executive director and chairman of the Sierra Club — and author (with former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg) of the upcoming book Climate of Hope: How Cities Businesses and Citizens Can Save the Planet. Will curb space be the new shelf space? When we value the “iPhone-ness” over the “carness” of cars, what changes? And… will we all drive less, walk more?