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Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transport

January 23-24, 2019, Palo Alto

The rise of innovative mobility services and autonomous vehicles (AVs) is bringing about a radical transformation in the public transport sector. Multiple alternative futures are possible and change is so rapid that no timelines can be predicted. The arrival of AVs is expected to affect many aspects of transit agency functioning, and will require new strategies, business models and resources. It is an opportunity to reinvent the traditional transit system for public benefit.

The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) is committed to facilitating innovation and safety in the deployment of AVs.  Regulatory guidelines are evolving to maintain parity with the pace of technology.  A broad coalition comprising policymakers, industry, researchers, safety advocates, and transportation stakeholders is needed to prepare for the adoption of AVs in our daily lives by assessing technology development, market penetration, user behavior and public policy.

AV America, with the support of Global Mass Transit (GMT), is organizing a conference on Impact of Autonomous Vehicles on Public Transport in January 23-24, 2019 in Palo Alto. The conference aims to bring together a variety of experts to assess the holistic impact of AVs on the public transportation sector and develop solutions for mutually beneficial relationships.

We will have sessions on the following topics:

  • Policy and Guidelines
  • Public Transport Reinvention
  • AV Applications in Mass Transit
  • Current and Planned AV Deployments
  • Bus Automation and Electrification
  • AV-enabled Future Mobility
  • Procurement and Financing
  • Infrastructure for Connected AVs
  • Consumer Acceptance
  • Impact on Planning and Industrial Relations
  • Delegate Viewpoint and Open Forum

We will attempt to answer the following questions:

  • What is the near-term and long-term future of mobility?
  • What are the different aspects of change that will result from the arrival of AV technology?
  • What is the government’s plan and policy regarding the adoption of AVs in transit?
  • What should be the role of transit agencies as technologies change rapidly and a broad range of mobility options become available?
  • How can agencies leverage benefits from the launch of AVs?
  • How can transit agencies effectively influence policy in addressing concerns regarding full-scale deployment of AVs?
  • What are the costs and requirements of automated buses or BRTs?
  • What are the experiences of agencies testing AVs for transit applications?



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