Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car & How it Will Reshape our World

A live online conversation with author Lawrence Burns and Patrick Larkin, Founder & Director of the Innovation Institute

Join Berkshire OLLI for a lively conversation on the quest to develop and perfect the driverless car—an innovation that promises to be the most disruptive change to our way of life since the smartphone.

We stand on the brink of a technological revolution. Soon, few of us will own our own automobiles and instead will get around in driverless electric vehicles that we summon with the touch of an app. We will be liberated from driving, prevent over 90% of car crashes, provide freedom of mobility to the disabled, and decrease our dependence on fossil fuels.

Longtime advisor to the Google Self-Driving Car team and former GM research and development chief Lawrence Burns is the author of the groundbreaking book Autonomy: The Quest to Build the Driverless Car and How It Will Reshape Our World.

Burns will be discussing the future of transportation and new technologies with Pat Larkin, the founder and director of the Innovation Institute at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, one of the nation's first state agencies to focus on innovation-based economic development. Pat focuses on collaboration between industry, academia, and government to strengthen ecosystems for innovation and pathways for economic growth and opportunity.


The event is free and open to all, but RSVPs are required. Click here to learn more and to RSVP.

Event Info

Date & Time 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
United States