SXSW 2019

The Future of Land Travel


Electric cars. Autonomous driving. Swipe-and-go micro-rentals; hyperloops; flying taxis. The ways we get around our big beautiful land masses may change more in the next 20 years than they have in the previous century. Which of the many ideas out there have the best chance of becoming real, let alone enduring; and which will forever be pipe dreams? Will drivers licenses—or even car ownership—go the way of the dodo? More importantly, will it ever take less than 2 hours to get out of New York City, or down to Mountain View? And who’s building this future, anyway, and what are the factors—technological, political, financial—that need to converge to make it possible? We’ll seek answers to these and the many other questions raised by the evolving state of traveling on land.

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  1. What’s provoking innovation across various types of land travel?
  2. Which of the many disruptions and innovations are most promising, and why?
  3. What factors—political, fiscal, technological, cultural—will have to converge to make these transformations viable?



Brad Rickman, Digital DIrector, Condé Nast Traveler

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Intelligent Future
  • Track 2
  • Level: Intermediate

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