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Hey Wait a Second, There’s No Driver: What Does the Future Hold When Vehicles Are Automated

What is the role of automated vehicles in advancing sustainable transportation goals at the municipal level? Can we move past the debate about automated vehicle technology timelines and capabilities? This discussion will be about work being done across North America to plan for this disruptive technology to achieve positive public benefits consistent with city policies. Within the last two years, City Councils in various cities have requested reports from their administrations related to planning for automated vehicles. Canadian cities created an informal working group in 2016 acknowledging that there is much to gain from working together on municipal-level planning and policy around this emerging transportation technology. Cities ultimately striving to achieve sustainable mobility for all citizens, it is important to leverage automated vehicles to this end, rather than react to the technology as it becomes available.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify risks and challenges of automated vehicles in urban socio-political and infrastructure environments.
  • Describe elected officials and decision-makers interest in the societal impact of automated technology in transportation.
  • Understand potential impacts to the planning, design, operation, and maintenance of transportation infrastructure.
Randy Iwasaki, Executive Director, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Walnut Creek, CA

  • Erin Toop, Senior Engineer, City of Edmonton, Edmonton, AB
  • Ryan Lanyon, Chair, Automated Vehicles Working Group, City of Toronto, Toronto, ON
  • Ed Seymour, Senior Research Fellow and Executive Associate Director, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, Dallas, TX