By Carmen Baskauf and Lucy Nalpathanchil

From self-driving cars to all-electric Teslas, Silicon Valley is imagining an automobile beyond the internal combustion engine and steering wheel we all grew up with. Meanwhile, app-based companies like Uber and Lyft are radically shifting the way we interact with cars.

How should government — at the federal, state, and local level — respond to and regulate these technological developments?

Stamford is hoping to be one of Connecticut’s first testing grounds for autonomous technology. We hear from the member of Connecticut’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force — should we be concerned about driverless cars roaming our streets?

Meanwhile, New York City is putting on the brakes on ridesharing services like Tesla and Uber with a city council vote to cap the number of vehicles.

And companies like Tesla are investing heavily in the electric car industry. But will the Trump administration’s rollback of emissions regulations slow a shift away from gas-powered vehicles?


  • Laura Bliss – Staff writer at Citylab where she covers transportation, infrastructure, and the environment (@mslaurabliss)
  • Jackie Lightfield – Member of Connecticut’s Autonomous Vehicle Task Force, and Executive Director of the Stamford Partnership (@turfgrrl)
  • Sam Ori – Executive Director of the Energy Policy Institute and the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago (@samori8)

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