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Will Self-Driving Cars Put Us in Transportation Heaven or Hell?

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A Google self-driving car is displayed at the Google headquarters on September 25, 2012. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Getting around in the Bay Area is a pain in the butt, especially for marginalized groups like those with low incomes, people with disabilities, the elderly and people of color. Autonomous vehicles could help alleviate our transportation inequities, or they could make them worse. Brian Watt talks to Hana Creger of the Oakland-based Greenlining Institute about whether we’re headed toward transportation heaven or hell.

Read the report Creger co-authored on this question: “Autonomous Vehicle Heaven or Hell? Creating a Transportation Revolution that Benefits All”

Q’ed Up is hosted and produced by Ryan Levi. This episode was edited by Queena Kim. Follow Ryan on Twitter at @ryan_levi. Send us a note at qedup@kqed.org. Find more Q’ed Up at kqed.org/qedup.


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