Greater Sustainability with Autonomous Vehicles?

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You'll learn about:

  • The state of autonomous vehicle research and development

  • The range of challenges and opportunities automated vehicles present, from a variety of stakeholders

  • What you can do now to enable autonomous vehicle policies that have the greatest positive impact

Automated vehicles have great potential to remake transportation completely. With self-driving cars, personal car ownership could be significantly reduced, and with it the industry’s understanding of trip generation and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Ridesharing could become mainstream, the total fleet of personal transportation vehicles could be significantly reduced, and so-called “empty ” VMT could emerge as a critical metric in the evaluation of congestion and greenhouse-gas emissions. However, it is also possible that in some travel markets shared mobility fails to gain traction, and automated vehicles only induce demand for driving and owning more household vehicles. Possible implications for transit and the built environment also vary significantly between utopian and dystopian scenarios. While the future may seem too uncertain to proactively implement progressive policies, there are concrete actions planners, decision-makers, and other stakeholders can take to embrace technological change while furthering sustainability goals.

Join a panel of public and private sector experts from across the country to discuss the range of opportunities and challenges autonomous vehicles present to sustainability.

About the Speakers

Tory Smith
Tory Smith is a Supervisor in charge of autonomous vehicle technology scouting and open innovation at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center in Palo Alto, CA. His background is primarily in controls and perception systems for autonomous vehicles. Prior to joining Ford in early 2015, Tory worked as a systems engineer for Delphi’s autonomous vehicle program in Mountain View, CA. Tory holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from UC-Berkeley, where he was a member of Professor J. Karl Hedrick’s Vehicle Dynamics Lab.

Will Carry
Will Carry is Senior Director for Special Projects at the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). His portfolio includes strategic planning, sustainable transportation, and emerging transportation technologies. Will has ten years of public sector experience in transportation in the New York City metropolitan region. In previous roles at NYCDOT, he managed the agency’s travel demand management program, driver technology pilots, and various bus rapid transit projects. Will first joined the City of New York as a policy advisor in the Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability, where he worked on PlaNYC, the City’s first comprehensive sustainability plan. He holds an A.B. in Public Policy from Princeton University and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Will Baumgardner
Will Baumgardner leads Arup’s San Francisco Transportation Consulting Practice. He typically leads challenging multi-modal projects that require both planning and engineering skills. An engineer by training, he applies his technical background to site, campus, corridor, and regional planning efforts. Will has broad experience across virtually all modes of transport. He has completed planning efforts for public transportation agencies including local bus, bus rapid transit, express bus, light rail, metro rail, commuter rail and high speed rail systems. He draws on his multi-modal experience to deliver projects at stations and intermodal passenger terminals, including several of the busiest passenger stations and airports in North America. He is also at the forefront of rapidly emerging urban mobility trends and technologies. He is advising public and private sector clients on the implications of autonomous vehicles, smart mobility, new modes of transportation, shared-use concepts and technology-enabled mobility services.

David King
David King is currently an Assistant Professor of Urban Planning in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University. He teaches and researches transportation, land use planning, and transportation finance. His current research focuses on taxi and jitney services, informal transit, street design, and how new technologies affect transportation finance and local policy. Prior to his appointment at Arizona State University in 2016, he was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University. David has a PhD from ULCA and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.

Will Baumgardner
Thomas Coleman, AICP, LEED AP BD+C is WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Manager for Technology Integration. He has more than 20 years of experience as a transportation planner and project manager with specialized expertise in the design and delivery of projects focused on transit, roadway and highway projects. In 2016, Tom was elected Vice-Chair of the American Planning Association Technology Planning Division – Executive Committee.

Rebecca Mark
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