Will we still be “driven to drive” 10 to 20 years from now? That is the question transportation researchers, urban planners, policy makers, and social and behavioral scientists are exploring. The advent of self-driving vehicles and connected roadway systems could be truly transformative, with the potential to significantly change U.S. transportation. The question is not if such vehicles will be on Texas roadways—but when.
There are many outstanding questions and issues regarding what’s next. How will these vehicles improve safety and mobility? How should the roadway adapt and support the technology to improve safety and reliability? How will connected and automated vehicles transform our roadway system? How will they influence land use and development patterns? What are the public policy and data security implications in deploying these new technologies? And how accepting will drivers be of getting out from behind the wheel of their vehicles?
Join us for this enlightening panel discussion and Q&A led by nationally recognized experts in policy, safety and technology from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. A reception will follow. The event is free but seating is limited. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 979-691-4014.
Moderator – William R. “Bill” Stockton, Executive Associate Agency Directorand Chief Research Officer – Bill has launched numerous research efforts that have become key sustained programs of research: safety countermeasures, intelligent transportation system strategies, managed lanes feasibility, border crossing solutions and toll road viability. Recently, he has focused on projects that develop public policy tools and high-level leveraging of research across disciplines and sponsors.
Policy – Ginger Goodin, Senior Research Engineer and Director, Transportation Policy Research Center – Ginger provides strategic direction for technology policy research performed under the Transportation Policy Research Center, which serves as an independent resource to the Texas Legislature on a range of transportation topics. Ginger is a frequent speaker and recognized thought leader on the subject of state and local public policy implications of automated and connected vehicles.
Safety – Michael “Mike” P. Manser, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Transportation Safety, and Program Manager, Human Factors Program – Mike examines and deploys technologies to make driving safer and conducts driver-based research examining advanced driver assistive systems. A major focus of his work has entailed understanding the extent to which drivers can understand and use complex systems, such in-vehicle driver control and feedback systems in automated and connected vehicles
Technology – Edward “Ed” J. Seymour, Associate Agency Director and Senior Research Fellow – Ed is head of TTI’s Transportation Operations Group, which includes connected and automated vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, traffic sensor technology, traffic management, integrated corridor and system operations, among other areas. Recently, he has been involved in new transportation initiatives to add communication-based technologies to vehicles and the roadside to improve travel.