Mobility, data, and freedom: join us for an online debate!

The mobility revolution is one of the most fascinating tales of the 21st century. It’s the story of how we shifted from a car-driven society into something else: it has to do with AI, sharing economy, renewable energies, and other fundamental urban concerns.

Today, we are proud to announce a brand new partnership with Startup Sesame, the largest alliance of tech events in Europe. To celebrate it, we decided to take the discussion on the future of mobility online:

Join us on Twitter for a lively online debate on October 3 and October 10, 17:00 – 18:00 (CET)

#Autonomy2017 offers the urban mobility ecosystem an innovative and collaborative platform for thought leaders, innovators, policymakers and public to meet and change the way we move in cities. It is the annual international event on the future of urban mobility. The summit will foster discussions and the exchange of best practices in Paris, in just a few weeks’ time.

We want to include a wider audience in the conversations and generate a lively discussion on two of the key topics at stake: data for good mobility, and redefining urban freedom, thanks to new mobility.

Featured guests

The online discussion is open to anyone interested in mobility, tech, and the future of our cities. Join Dean Johnson, Head of innovation at Brandwidth; Ethan Pierse from Venture Partner at a new Silicon Valley fund launching in October 2017; Anurag Rathor, founder of Zify; and Chloé Bonnet, founding partner of Fivebyfive.

How to #tweetchat?

  • Autonomy and Startup Sesame will co-moderate each of these 1-hour sessions during which we will ask 9 questions to the audience.
  • Questions begin with “Qx/’ and answers begin with “Ax/”.
  • All questions and answers must include #Autonomy2017
  • Each question is asked, and then answers / contributions / tweets are posted for 5 minutes before moving on to the next question.
  • A blog article based on the twitter discussions will be posted on Autonomy and Startup Sesame’s websites within the following 48 hours after the tweet chat.

Pro tip: use to join the conversation!

The debates

Is #data the urban mobility #goldmine?

October 3, 17:00 – 18:00 (CET)

2004: birth of Google Maps, the biggest revolution in urban mobility since the invention of the Ford T. Automobile industry input in creating it: nada.

Data-driven mobility solutions and smartphones have changed the way we navigate the city. Shared and/or on-demand mobility services alongside new electric and/or connected devices leverage the power of data to help us move in more efficient ways.

While algorithms and AI are being fine-tuned, mobility companies are collecting more personal data every day. Is it good news? Is it bad news? Is privacy the price to pay to end congestion?


#StreetsAreOurs: let’s reconquer them!

October 10, 17:00 – 18:00 (CET)

The way we move around has evolved and thereby our relationship. Horses were great: you could nurture them, talk to them and trust them. Then cars arrived and we developed strong but different emotional bonds with them.

Being able to move around is an essential condition to feeling free. Yet no mobility means fulfil that promise. Cars are congested, expensive and pollute. Bikes are difficult to ride when it rains. In the European Union, congestion costs almost €100 billion a year, and in the USA, drivers waste on average 42 hours a year in traffic jams.

New mobility has a unique chance to turn the tables and bring a sense of pride, love, and experience back into the way we move. What does “moving freely” mean? Is there a chance for us to get there?

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