Mobility Futures Lecture Series

Autonomous Vehicles: State of Tech & Policy

November 9, 2018, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EST

Warren Hall, Room 404, 1125 Amsterdam Avenue, Columbia University, New York, NY 10025

RSVP required

Mobility Futures is excited to present a keynote lecture from Prachi Vakharia on the tech, engineering standards, and regulatory frameworks that are enabling testing and deployment of connected, autonomous vehicles.

Prachi Vakharia lives and works in Washington DC, where she works on Autonomous Vehicles, V2X technologies, digital and shared mobility projects in DC, NY and LA. Previously, she worked with the World Bank and mentored startup companies — 3 of which were acquired by Daimler AG(German auto maker of Mercedes Benz) for $100 million in a single deal on a single day. Prachi also chairs 3 committees for the National Academies of Sciences Transport Research Board, and was approached by SAE last year to serve as the first Global Chairperson for the development of new worldwide Digital & Shared Mobility Standards with SAE. Beyond her work in transportation, Prachi also established and funded a foundation, Womanium, one of the most unique Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship organisations in USA that has worked with NASA, ARPA-E, NIH, Amazon, PARC, Industries, etc. for women’s advancement in STEM+Entrepreneurship in domains ranging from Energy, Space, Astronomy, Computational Neuroscience, Industrial Additive Manufacturing, Automation, Transportation to Nuclear Weapons Safety.​ Last year, in 2017, Prachi Vakharia gave away 177 Scholarships through Womanium to students in 42 countries – including 11 from Columbia University, for Space, Energy and Neuroscience.

Join us after the lecture at Mobility Future’s mixer at Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor (1135 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025) from 5pm-6pm!

This event is free and open to the public, though RSVP is required. Please direct any questions to


Mobility Futures is an initiative at Columbia’s Center for Sustainable Urban Development examining how to leverage new transportation technologies (including connected, automated, shared, and electric mobility options) and policies toward a more sustainable and equitable transportation system. Its policy dialogue series seeks to advance the conversation on transportation technology and policy among stakeholders from the public sector, industry, academia, and public interest groups.