T3 Webinar Overview

Impacts of Automation: What States, Cities, and MPOs Need to Know

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge.
PDH: 1.5 View PDH Policy

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is hosting a series of webinars on the key issues and opportunities facing automated vehicle (AV) and transportation systems. This 90-minute webinar will explore the likely impacts of automation, performance measures for AV testing, and what transportation planners are doing to consider automation in the long-range planning process.

Target Audience

The target audience includes States, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs), and other agencies that support automation testing and deal with long-range planning.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this webinar are that the audience will learn about:

  • The basics of driving automation systems being deployed today, those that are in testing, and applications that may be many years in the future.
  • Potential impacts of automation, including safety, mobility, and accessibility.
  • What can be done to consider automation in long-range planning.


Kevin Dopart, Vehicle Safety and Automation Program Manager, USDOT Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)
Kevin Dopart Mr. Dopart is the ITS JPO Program Manager for Vehicle Safety and Automation. His research program develops connected vehicle communications technologies and applications to increase the safety and mobility of surface transportation users while reducing their environmental impacts. Previously, Kevin worked for Noblis, Inc. and the (now defunct) Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, and began his career flying P-3 Orion aircraft worldwide for a U.S. Navy oceanographic research squadron. Kevin has BS and MS degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering.


Joshua Cregger, Technology Policy Analyst, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, USDOT
Joshua Cregger Mr. Cregger is a Technology Policy Analyst in the Technology Innovation and Policy Division at Volpe. Joshua supports a variety of work related to connected and automated vehicles, as well as the data gathered using those technologies. In addition to his work with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Joshua provides support to the ITS JPO, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and other USDOT modal administrations. Prior to joining Volpe, Mr. Cregger worked for the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. During his time at CAR, he co-authored numerous studies on a variety of topics, including connected and automated vehicles, other advanced automotive and manufacturing technologies, and economic development.

Scott Smith, Senior Operations Research Analyst, John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, USDOT
Scott Smith Dr. Smith is a Senior Operations Research Analyst with more than 25 years of experience in applying technology to improve transportation operations and safety across all modes. Scott’s work has included impact assessment for automation and support to FHWA on advanced travel modeling. He is U.S. co-chair of the Impact Assessment subgroup of the Trilateral (EU-US-JPN) Automation in Road Transportation Working Group. Before joining Volpe, Dr. Smith worked in private industry developing decision support tools to assist motor carriers and railroads with operations, and shippers with transportation procurement. He holds a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from MIT.

Jeremy Raw, Community Planner, FHWA Office of Planning, USDOT
Jeremy Raw Mr. Raw coordinates research and deployment of advanced modeling and data analysis techniques for transportation planning and of planning applications for national data sets. Jeremy’s recent work has included data collection, analysis, and modeling of bicycle and pedestrian transportation; planning for connected and automated vehicles; and developing strategic planning models.


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