Are you ready for the mobility revolution?

APA North Carolina Chapter


Thursday, September 28, 2017
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. EDT

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Electric vehicle technology, shared-ride services, and autonomous vehicles look increasingly to revolutionize mobility and the form of our communities. In this session, we will discuss the profound impact that these vehicles will have on places both urban and rural, mobility systems, and human ecology and how communities can prepare for the future.

2017 will be marked as the year that autonomous vehicle discussion hit the mainstream. The US Department of Transportation, State DOTs, and state legislatures across the country are all positioning themselves to be ready to receive these rapidly emerging technologies. Once a part of marginalized futurist thinking, autonomous mobility is quickly being tested and implemented by nearly every leading technology company and legacy automobile manufactured. 

As places continue to mature and densify, the demands on the mobility system will become increasingly important and will not be limited to the largest cities. Small and mid-sized communities will have the opportunity to embrace the benefits of this mobility revolution at the same time that they avoid the pitfalls. From parking to streetscapes, the technology has huge implications for investments that communities are making today. 

The purpose of this session will be to explore the rapidly emerging technologies and how their path to market impact cities and towns across the US. We will delve into how NC is looking to adopt/implement these new mobility choices as well as explore the potential barriers and pitfalls. We will also share experience with various technologies, particularly shared autonomous transit, and its impact on a number of real world case studies.

Beyond a basic lecture, the purpose of this session will be to try to localize the discussion to the attendees’ communities. A survey of AV readiness via mobile devices will be conducted to help determine the level of discussion already occurring about shared and autonomous vehicles in communities across NC.


Craig Lewis, FAICP

Confirmed Speaker

Craig Lewis, is a Principal with Stantec, an international design consulting firm, and is located in their Charlotte office. At Stantec, he is a national Urban Places leader, where he helps public, private, non-profit and institutional clients realize the full range of benefits that flow from fully urban, walkable downtowns ... Read More

Victoria Chibuogu Nneji

Confirmed Speaker

Victoria Chibuogu Nneji - Victoria Chibuogu Nneji received her B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Columbia University in New York City in 2014 and her Master of Engineering Management from Duke University in 2015. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical Engineering at Duke Robotics. A local to Durham, she ... Read More

Kevin Lacy

Confirmed Speaker

Kevin Lacy is the State Traffic Engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation. He directs the Department's Transportation Mobility and Safety Division that encompasses six units including the Traffic Safety Unit, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Signals Unit, Traffic Management Unit, Signing and Delineation Unit, Traffic Systems Operations Unit ... Read More

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