EEP ECO18.4 Let's drive the future! What if we reimagine the way we connect our communities, our lives and our world?

APA Texas Chapter


Wednesday, October 24, 2018
3:20 p.m. - 4:20 p.m. MDT

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The Ray is a proving ground for the evolving ideas and technologies that will transform the transportation infrastructure of the future, beginning with the corridor of road that is named in memory of Ray C. Anderson (1934-2011), a Georgia native who became a captain of industry and was recognized as a leader in green business when he challenged his company, Atlanta-based Interface, Inc., to reimagine the enterprise as a sustainable company—one that would pursue zero environmental footprint. Ray Anderson's daughter, Harriet, has carried on that legacy by reimagining the highway. The 18 miles known as "The Ray" serves as a publicly accessible demonstration sight for the technologies and innovations that will make driving safer, cleaner, and smarter. Along The Ray you'll find a solar road that helps power the Georgia Visitor Information Center; the Southeast's first highway fast-charging station, powered by solar energy; a first-in-the-world drive over tire safety station, pollinator meadows, bioswales, and a vegetative laboratory in the highway median. Future projects include preparing The Ray to accommodate autonomous and connected vehicles, experimental drone use, wind generation in the right-of-way, and in-lane wireless EV charging.

Course Learning Objectives

1.     Incorporating current technology into transportation design & construction to create safer and more efficient travel ways  

2.     The future of autonomous and connected transportation and associated technology to support autonomous travel

3.     Creating habitat and productive vegetative space within highway corridors 

4.     Understanding the P4 model (public, private, philanthropic partnership) to move infrastructure innovation forward.


Anna Cullen

Anna Cullen: Director of External Relations and Communications for The Ray An Atlanta native, Anna works to ensure that the mission and accomplishments of The Ray are shouted from the rooftops. She received her B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, & Government (CLEG) from American University in Washington D.C ... Read More

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