We founded Blank Space in 2013 because we were tired of entering competitions to design the same things over and over again – designing fictitious skyscrapers, houses and museums doesn’t have a great positive effect on society. We knew that designers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and engineers could do more. After all, the city isn’t a single building, it is our environment and our future. Today we are excited to launch a challenge that aims higher – it’s called The Driverless Future.
The Driverless Future Challenge seeks proposals that actively shape the city’s response to driverless cars. It’s not about the cars themselves, but everything else: from parking solutions, to new uses of roadways, intersections, and sidewalks. What tools can be built to increase the accessibility and use of autonomous mass transit? How can shipping and logistics be improved? How can new business models and software tools be leveraged to shape our surroundings? Participants in the challenge will pitch concrete solutions — and together with our partners, we will help the winning entries turn their proposals into real companies and products. Because if we don’t start shaping the city, who will?
Blank Space is proud to partner with the NYC Mayor’s Office, New Lab, Fast Company, and AIANY to host the challenge and support winning entries beyond the challenge. We are joined by the NYC government agencies that are grappling with autonomous transportation the most: the Department of Transportation (DOT), Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), and Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
Our goal is nothing short of envisioning the impact of autonomous transportation in one of the most complex cities in the world.