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Road Transport Automation and Transportation Planning

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Date:   Thursday, November 19, 2015
Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET
Cost:  All T3 webinars are free of charge
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The U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT) is hosting a series of webinars on the key issues and opportunities facing automated vehicle and transportation systems. Road Transport Automation and Transportation Planning is the second in this series of webinars produced from the 2015 Automated Vehicles Symposium. This 90 minute webinar will explore what transportation planners need to know to adequately consider automation in the long range planning process.


Scott Smith will present the basics of vehicle automation, including the levels of automation, the distinction between automated, autonomous and connected vehicles, and some specific applications. He will discuss possible timelines and the major sources of uncertainty in both the timing and form that automation will take.

John Orr will address the question of “Why should planners care about automation?”

Jeremy Raw will present some approaches to planning for automated vehicles in the context of performance-based planning, making use of scenarios to envision possible futures.

Max Azizi will present preliminary findings from a recent FHWA-sponsored project on incorporating connected and automated vehicles into the planning process.

Learning Objective

Attendees of the webinar will expect to learn about vehicle automation and how it is incorporated into the planning process.

Target Audience

States, Metropolitan Planning Organizations, and other agencies who deal with long range planning.


Scott Smith, Operations Research Analyst, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

photograph of Scott Smith

Scott Smith is a senior operations research analyst in the Technology, Innovation and Policy Division at Volpe. His work has included technical support for FHWA on advanced travel modeling and the impacts of automation. He holds a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from MIT.


John Orr, ACIP, Manager Transportation Access and Mobility Division, Atlanta Regional Commission

John Orr leads and coordinates the efforts of 20 transportation planners as part of Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Center for Livable Communities. ARC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the 19 county Atlanta region. John graduated from the University of Tennessee with a MS degree in Planning. He graduated from the University of Virginia's College at Wise with a BA degree in Business and Public Administration. He is a member of the American Planning Association and received his professional planner designation from the American Institute of Certified Planners in 1994.

Jeremy Raw, Office of Planning, Federal Highway Administration

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Jeremy Raw works in the FHWA Office of Planning where he conducts research and provides technical support for planning applications for models and data analysis. He has focused recently on planning for alternate highway travel modes, including dynamic ridesharing, connected and automated vehicles, and bicycle and pedestrian travel.

Max Azizi, Team Lead, Office of Transportation Policy Studies, Federal Highway Administration

Max Azizi joined FHWA in May 2000. He is currently the Team Lead for Policy Analysis Team in the Office of Transportation Policy Studies in the Federal Highway Administration. Prior to joining headquarters he was the Assistant Division Administrator in the Indiana Division. He has served in the Maryland and Georgia Division Offices holding positions such as Quality Coordinator, Area Engineer, and Intermodal Planning Manager. Prior to joining FHWA, he worked for the Maryland State Highway Administration for more than eleven years and in the private sector for approximately five years. He has over 31 years of professional experience in planning, preliminary engineering, construction management, and research. He has a bachelor and masters in civil engineering from West Virginia University. He is professional Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia.