Talking Headways Podcast: Data Will Respirate the Future City

We’ve got a great episode this week with Los Angeles DOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds. Hear how she got into transportation planning and how she views the future of streets, air rights of way, and the best way for cities to collaborate with private mobility services. And finally we talk about pricing roads, what that means for cities, and how to address changing revenue sources as cities evolve.

  • We listened to this on the vanpool yesterday driving home. The one thought going through my head as she discussed the intense use of data was: where is cybersecurity in all of this (perhaps because that’s what I do for a living). In particular, not only the privacy aspects, but the integrity aspects. Intentional integrity attacks on traffic data could tie up city streets; intentional attacks on traffic control system or power systems could do the same. In many ways, the integrity and the correctness of the data being used to control our systems — and what is coming from applications like Waze or being sent to such applications — is critical. It may be a question worth asking in future podcasts.

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