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Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transport

AV America organized this conference, with the support of Global Mass Transit, on January 23-24, 2019 in Palo Alto.


The two-day conference had 10 sessions 

  • Policy and Guidelines
  • Applications in Mass Transit
  • Current and Planned AV Deployments
  • Public Transport Reinvention
  • Bus Automation and Electrification
  • AV-enabled Future Mobility
  • Intelligent Mobility Initiative: A Case Study
  • Infrastructure for Connected AVs
  • Consumer Acceptance
  • Impact on Planning and Industrial Relations


  • Ahsan Baig, CIO/CTO, Department of Innovation and Technology, Alameda-Contra Costa Transit
  • Gary Miskell, Chief Information and Technology Officer, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
  • Jeff Peterson, Director of Business Development – Autonomous Technology, First Transit
  • Sanjay Gokhale, Senior Advisor to the General Manager – Strategy & New Mobility, Metro Transit- Seattle
  • Marc Anthony Soto, General Manager, IntelliRide, Transdev
  • Justin Erlich, VP of Strategy, Policy, & Legal, Voyage Auto
  • Darren Lamberti, Director, Business Development, Bestmile
  • Vineet Jain, Head of New Business Development and Strategy,
  • Maynard A. Holliday, Senior Engineer, Engineering & Applied Sciences, RAND
  • Joe Iacobucci, Principal, New Mobility Practice Leader, Director of Transit, Sam Schwartz Consultancy
  • Dr Kara Kockelman, Dewitt Greer Centennial Professor of Transportation Engineering, University of Texas
  • Chang Yuan, CEO, Foresight AI
  • Peter Kapich, OEM Account Manager – CV Axle and Transmission Systems North America, ZF Industries
  • Robert James, National Chief Engineer Emerging Mobility, Intelligent Transportation Group, HNTB Corporation
  • Carlos Cardillo, Director, Nevada Center for Applied Research (NCAR), University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)
  • Alex Epstein, Director, Transportation Safety, National Safety Council
  • Kurtis Hodge, Economist, Product Management, Local Motors
  • Bert Kaufman, Head of Corporate and Regulatory Affairs, Zoox

Participating organizations 

Over 100 people participated representing various stakeholder groups including transportation authorities, city authorities, transport operators, technology and service providers, consultants, technical institutes, and research & development organizations. 

The participating organizations included: Access Services, Acumen Building Enterprise, Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District (AC Transit), Amalgamated Transit Union, Autonomous Insights, BART, Bestmile, BNSF Railway, Braunability, Center for Transportation and the Environment, Central Contra Costa Transit Authority, Complete Coach Works, Contra Costa Transportation Authority,, Ecolane USA, First Transit, Foresight AI, Georgia Institute of Technology Transportation Institute, GILLIG, Glendale Transit, HNTB, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Lea+Elliott, Lilee Systems, Local Motors, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, LTK Engineering Services, Metro Transit-Seattle, Mobile Climate Control, Monterey-Salinas Transit, MTM, National Express Transit, National Safety Council, Nordic Innovation House – Drive Sweden, Nossaman LLP, Optibus, Oracle, Parsons, RAND, Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, Roaring Fork Transportation Authority, Sam Schwartz Engineering, SamTrans, San Diego Metropolitan Transit System, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, SNC-Lavalin, Société de transport de Montréal (STM), Solano County Transit (SolTrans), Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), STV Incorporated, The Solis Group, Transdev North America, Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet), University of Nevada-Reno (UNR), University of Texas at Austin, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute, Valley Transportation Authority, Voyage Auto, ZF Industries, Zoox, etc.

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Upcoming events:

Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transport, November 13-14, 2019 at Steigenberger Wiltcher’s Hotel in Brussels. Click here for more information:



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