Preemption, Privacy and People: Laying the Legal and Policy Foundations to Support Long-Term Success of Transportation Technologies

APA Oregon Chapter


Thursday, May 9, 2019
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. PDT

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This session will focus on three new considerations that innovation brings with it: 1) How to maintain state and local regulatory control in consideration of our diverse national transportation system while balancing the promotion of innovation; 2) Analyzing privacy law in an era where "smart" technologies are being deployed on public assets and collecting citizen data; and, 3) onsidering what outreach and education should be done to citizens around the deployment of new technologies to not only promote use and adoption, but to also ensure consumer trust with the increased collection of data through public-private partnerships.

Learning objectives:

1. Provide history of preemption, including summary of cases dealing with federal jurisdiction over safety of vehicles operating on public roads. This will be relevant in context of debate around autonomous vehicles bills in Congress.

2. Discuss new privacy paradigm in the digital and on-demand age we are living and how the private and public sectors are (or not) addressing through policies and terms of use. 

3. Analyze the risk of increased data collection and new models for the storage of data for public-private partnerships, including what consent may or may not be needed from citizens as part of smart city projects using both public infrastructure and citizen data. 

4. Discuss and analyze terms of use policies related to transportation technologies and whether a change in approach towards "informed consent” is needed to ensure consumer trust in use of technologies like autonomous and connected vehicles. This will include discussion of new recent Supreme Court decision in Carpenter vs. U.S.


Gregory Rodriguez

Confirmed Speaker

Based out of Washington, D.C., Greg provides policy, regulatory and legislative analysis, advocacy, and legal assistance around the safe and effective incorporation of emerging transportation technologies into communities across the country, including on-demand mobility, autonomous and connected vehicles, dockless micromobility and drones. Greg has filed comments to the United ... Read More

Jan Whittington

Confirmed Speaker

Associate Professor of the Department of Urban Design and Planning, at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research applies transaction cost economic theory to networked infrastructures, such as transportation, water, and communications systems, to internalize factors historically treated as external to transactions. Her publications address climate change through capital investment ... Read More

John Kennedy

Confirmed Speaker

John Kennedy has over 20 years of experience with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office since joining as a Deputy City Attorney in 1995. His prior assignments have included the General Government, Public Protection, Code Enforcement and Trial teams and he is currently assigned to the Transportation Team where ... Read More

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