Why ‘future is at stake’ when rethinking San Francisco transit

“Societally, we have to accept that driving is a privilege,” said William Riggs, a transit and urban-development expert at the University of San Francisco. “It’s also a privilege that comes with costs in terms of emissions, particulates from tires and things like that.” SF Standard https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/transit/future-is-at-stake-when-rethinking-san-francisco-transit/article_9cc643aa-897b-11ee-9738-b76b5d4eed11.html

On the Future of Transit in SF

“We’re talking about hundreds of thousands of new people living in the city. Now how are we going to do that? We have to start planning now how we invest in our infrastructure,” William Riggs on ABC News https://abc7news.com/san-francisco-affordable-housing-bond-homes-voters/14501653/

Nikkei Interview on Self Driving Tech

Still, the potential of the technology is significant. William Riggs, a Professor at University of San Francisco, who is an expert of new mobility and future of urban transportation says, “It could supplement the poor public transportation system in the US and help the disabled people get around.”  Driverless taxi accident reveals division in the… Continue reading Nikkei Interview on Self Driving Tech

On GM & Cruise

Meanwhile, Barra said Cruise would be a key money generator for GM, making up to $50 billion in annual revenue by 2030—even though the company was burning through $2 billion a year at the time. (Barra also suggested that GM’s revenue would double to $280 billion in that timeframe.) Those claims were not entirely unfounded, said Billy… Continue reading On GM & Cruise

Feature on Marketplace

“We see lots of acceptance and lots of comfort in riding in these vehicles,” said Billy Riggs, a professor of engineering and management at the University of San Francisco. He said autonomous vehicles could make cities more livable, equitable and safe. Cruise and its competitor Waymo say their data shows these cars perform better than… Continue reading Feature on Marketplace

The Robocar Experience


How AVs Are Providing Options for Those with Disabilities

“AVs are providing an opportunity to develop a transportation system that treats accessibility as a guiding principle, not as an afterthought,” says William Riggs, Programme Director and Associate Professor at the University of San Francisco in a new whitepaper produced by Cities Today Studio in partnership with May Mobility. “We have capacity to reach people in new ways with multilingual… Continue reading How AVs Are Providing Options for Those with Disabilities

BBC Interview

Getting the business model right is going to be “crucial” and promises to be “even harder than the technology”, says William Riggs, an associate professor at the University of San Francisco School of Management who leads its Autonomous Vehicles and the City Initiative. Robotaxi tech improves but can they make money? BBC. March 2. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-64742934