Innovation is inevitable. Justice is not.
In recent years, there has been an explosion of technology in transportation systems across the United States and in particular, California. This emerging technology encompasses the three revolutions, which include automation, shared mobility, and electrification.
The infusion of new travel options may promise better mobility choices for all, but it also has far-reaching implications on the well-being, privacy, and sustainability of the communities we serve.
We believe that all innovation stands to be strengthened by community-oriented planning and multi-modal infrastructure that encompass the principles of universal design. In other words, as exciting as new technology is, ensuring that everyone–especially low-income folkx, people of color, and people with disabilities benefit from this technology is of utmost importance.
That is why we hope to create a collective agenda in response to these fast-paced changes and a proactive commitment to fair, just, and equitable technology-based future. Later this fall, we'll be convening partners and allies from across Southern California for a frank conversation and actionable dialogue at our first-ever Emerging Transportation Technology Roundtable: Innovation is inevitable. Justice is not.
This roundtable will be the first in a series we aim to host around the state, with a similar gathering for Northern California advocates planned for early next year. These dialogues will inform our collective work in Sacramento and will allow us to understand further how emerging technology affects mobility and sustainable transportation advocacy on the day-to-day.
While we are aiming to be as inclusive as possible, real-world logistics have forced us to limit the invite list to enable us to create an intimate space for discussion. However, if you or your organization are very interested in participating, please e-mail me at email@example.com, and we will let you know if any additional spaces open up.