Breakout 20: Making Automation Work for Cities

Breakout 20: Making Automation Work for Cities

Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Golden Gate 2


  • Siegfried Rupprecht, Rupprecht Consult
  • Jane Lappin, Toyota Research Institute
  • Steve Buckley, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Scott Smith, US DoT / Volpe Center
  • Ellen Partridge, Environmental Law & Policy Center
  • Bryan K. Pounds, MassDOT, Office of Transportation Planning
  • Dirk Heinrichs, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Karen Vancluysen, Polis

The session will discuss the status of automation planning/ implementation in cities in the the US and in Europe. We shall also identify priority activities to create an enabling policy framework for transport automation that contributes to meeting key urban policy goals. The primary target group for this breakout session are urban/ metropolitan planners and policy makers, as well as potential implementers of automation technology in cities and regions.

1:30 PM Welcome

  • Jane Lappin, Toyota Research Institute

Introduction: What cities hope and fear of automation

  • Steve Buckley, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff
  • Siegfried Rupprecht, Rupprecht Consult

1:45 PM Forging the silver bullet: How to prepare for a new generation of shared collective transport services?

Making automation work in Boston

  • Kristopher Carter, City of Boston, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics

Automated transport, curse or blessig ? A small cities' view

  • Geert Blom, City of Helmond, The Netherlands

2:20 PM Automating vital city functions: Can we facilitate automated freight distribution, waste collection or street cleaning?
Automating urban waste collection. 

  • David Murphy, Waste Management Inc. 

2:40 PM Coexistence strategies: How can cities get ready for the market introduction of privately owned, single use vehicles?
Planning for the transition phase: How Milton Keynes will facilitate CAV introduction 

  • Brian Matthews, Milton Keynes

3:00 PM Expectations of urban automation

Expected impacts of connected and automated driving in cities. 

  • Scott Smith, Volpe Center·        
  • Martin Russ, Austriatech

3:30 PM – 3:45 PM Break 

What transport authorities/ MPOs expect from automation? Perspectives from EU and US cities. 

  • Ivo Cré, POLIS 
  • Mollie Pelon, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)

Modelling Connected Automated Vehicles in urban traffic simulation models. Expectations from US-EU research cooperation. 

  • Jiaqi Ma, Leidos 
  • Siegfried Rupprecht, CoEXist Project 

4:45 PM Panel discussion "Action planning: What can cities do to make automation work for them?"
The concluding panel discussion will aim to identify key elements of an urban automation policy agenda and how this could be coordinated with industry plans. Participants include presenters from the session/ session organizers.
5:30 PM Close of session

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