T3 Webinar Overview

Fundamental Issues for Road Transport Automation

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Date:   Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Time:  1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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This 90-minute webinar explored issues that needed to be addressed to advance the deployment of automated road transport systems. It also identified the great diversity in road transport automation systems based on:

In addition, this presentation reviewed state-of-the-art and state-of-the-market road transport automation systems, seeking to separate reality from hype and identify how infrastructure could provide support for automation functionality. This review focused on the maturity of key enabling technologies for road transport automation, while identifying the technological challenges in a variety of fields. The webinar concluded with a discussion of the relative roles for the public and private sectors in developing and operating vehicle automation systems. Such systems consider private vehicles on public infrastructure and the potential for new business models to support the infrastructure development and operation.


Carlos Alban, Technical Programs Specialist, ITS America


Jane Lappin, Economic Analyst, USDOT Volpe Center


Dr. Steven Shladover, Program Manager, Mobility, University of California PATH Program
Dr. Shladover has been leading research projects related to road vehicle automation for the past 26 years. He has been conducting research on both technical and non-technical aspects of vehicle automation since graduate school at MIT over forty years ago. His current research includes several projects on cooperative adaptive cruise control for cars and trucks and providing technical advice to the California DMV on their development of regulations for automated driving. Dr. Shladover chairs the TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation and represents the U.S. in the development of international standards for Vehicle-Roadway Warning and Control Systems in ISO TC204.

Richard Bishop, Principal, Bishop Consulting
Richard Bishop specializes in the domain of intelligent, connected, and automated vehicles and how these interact with the roadway and transportation system, plus larger societal forces. He provides global trends analysis and research strategy development to a wide range of vehicle manufacturers, technology developers, and government agencies around the world. He currently supports U.S. DOT's involvement in the Tri-Lateral Working Group on Road Vehicle Automation and also serves as chair of the American Trucking Association's Task Force on Automated Driving and Platooning. He authored a chapter on Automated Driving in the book, “Autonomous Technologies: Applications that Matter,&rdquo jointly published in 2014 by SAE and AUVSI. Prior to establishing Bishop Consulting in 1997, Mr. Bishop was Program Manager for Vehicle-Highway Automation at the U.S. DOT Federal Highway Administration.