On Demand: Envisioning the City with Automated Vehicles

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The introduction of Automated Vehicle (AV) technology could have more implications for the transportation system and the built environment than any other technology since the automobile. Most industry leaders believe that it is not a question of if AVs will become available, but when and how. It is imperative for planners and policy makers to begin considering how AVs could reshape the built environment to ensure that appropriate policy frameworks and infrastructure investments are in place to maximize the potential benefits and minimize the potential problems.

Hear the results of facilitated sessions at the 2015 Florida Automated Vehicle Summit where planners, engineers, academics, auto industry representatives, and elected officials collaborated to envision the future with automated vehicles. Then identify near and medium-term infrastructure investments and policy decisions that could enable a smooth transition to a transportation system dominated by AVs.

You’ll learn about: 

  • The planning opportunities and challenges associated with the wide-scale adoption of AV technology
  • AV technology's far-reaching implications for the design and functioning of the transportation system and how the technology could reshape the built environment 
  • Ways that planners, engineers, academics, auto manufacturers, and elected officials envision that the adoption of AV technology will impact the transportation system and the built environment of cities

 

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About the Speakers

Timothy Chapin
Tim Chapin is a Professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Interim Dean in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University. He also serves as the Senior Associate Editor and Review Editor for the Journal of the American Planning Association. Chapin's work has been supported by the Florida DOT, the Florida DEO, Florida Sea Grant, the Century Commission for a Sustainable Florida, and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Chapin is currently a PI on two multi-year projects with FDOT investigating the impacts of autonomous vehicles on the Florida landscape, overseeing the citizen survey effort and leading the Future of Florida Under AV initiative.

Lindsay Stevens
Lindsay E. Stevens, Esq. AICP is the Planner in Residence in the Florida State University Department of Urban and Regional Planning where she works to educate students to be professional planning practitioners through clinical research and applied, place-based learning projects. Prior to joining FSU, Ms. Stevens served on the executive team for the Wakulla County, Florida Administrator as Assistant County Administrator, and was responsible for overseeing the Public Safety and Planning and Community Development Departments. Prior to her work with Wakulla County, Ms. Stevens worked in both the private and non-profit planning sectors, and also practiced as a land use and real estate attorney.

Jeremy Crute
Jeremy Crute is the Project Manager in Florida State University's Department of Urban and Regional Planning where he manages significant applied and scholarly research projects on community redevelopment, transportation, and land use issues. Jeremy has prior professional community development experience in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Crute holds a Master of Science in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida State University, and Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Community Development from Covenant College.

Edward Hutchinson
Manager of Transportation Statistics Office Florida Department of Transportation Education: Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI, B.S. Public Administration. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Graduate Studies in Transportation Planning and Engineering. Clemson University, Clemson, SC, Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. Ed Hutchinson is Manager of the Transportation Statistics Office for the Florida Department of Transportation. He also serves as the lead on the Florida Automated Vehicle Initiative. The FAV is an initiative to make Florida a leader in automated vehicle technology. He has played a major role in providing support to this new endeavor including developing working groups on policies, technology and modal operations. Conducting an annual summit that showcases pilot projects and research activities. Developing a public outreach and marketing component that utilizes the internet, social media and other communication tools. Overseeing research projects with major Florida universities to study the impact this technology will have on transit users, the elderly, freight drayage movements and unmanned aerial vehicles. Prior to joining the FDOT in 2002, he served as the Manager of Transportation Services for the City of Asheville, NC. Previous to this, he worked for several MPOs in North and South Carolina.