Breakout 6: Trucking Automation: Key Deployment Scenarios

Breakout 6: Trucking Automation: Key Deployment Scenarios

Tuesday, July 11, 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday, July 12, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Room: Continental 1


  • Johan Engström, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
  • Richard Bishop, Bishop Consulting


The objective of this breakout session is to address key challenges and opportunities in the deployment of on-road truck automation. The session starts with a set of presentations providing an overview of the current state of the art of automated trucks and identifying key deployment issues. This sets the stage for two panels with key stakeholders focusing on platooning and highway automation applications respectively. The second day is devoted to two deep dive sessions. The first addresses a specific use case for automated trucking with a freight carrier and their customer. The second deep dive discusses the application and deployment of Localizing Ground Penetrating Radar technologies to military vehicles and automated trucks.

Tuesday, July 11

1:30 PM – 1:40 PM Welcome and introduction

  • Johan Engström, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

1:40 PM – 2:50 PM Setting the scene: State-of-the-art and key deployment issues in automated trucking

Moderator – Johan Engström, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute

  • State-of-the-art: Platooning - Steven Shladover, UC Berkeley
  • State-of-the-art: Highway automation - Richard Bishop, Bishop Consulting
  • Lessons learned from the deployment of off-road automated trucks - Michael Murphy, Caterpillar
  • Report from the ITF-OECD Roundtable - Tom Vöge, ITF-OECD
  • Key deployment issues in on-road truck automation - Laurence O’Rourke, ICF

2:50 PM – 3:00 PM Break

3:00 PM – 5:15 PM Stakeholder panels

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Panel 1: Deployment of platooning

Moderator: Richard Bishop - Bishop Consulting


  • Bill Kahn - Manager, Advanced Concepts, Peterbilt
  • Fred Andersky - Director, Government and Industry Affairs, Bendix
  • Steve Boyd - Co-founder, Peloton
  • Osman Altan - Research Transportation Specialist, Federal Highway Administration
  • Max Fuller - Executive Chairman, US Xpress
  • Ed Hutchinson - Manager, Florida DOT
  • John Schroer - Commissioner, Tennessee DOT
  • Andrew Bremer - Deputy Director of Strategic Programs and Initiatives, Ohio DOT

4:00 PM – 4:10 PM: Break

4:10 PM – 5:10 PM: Panel 2: Deployment of highway automation

Moderator: Bob Denaro - ITS Consulting


  • Franklin Josey – Manager, Technology & Project Planning, Vehicle Technology & Safety Department, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
  • Alden Woodrow, Product Lead, Self Driving Trucks, Uber Advanced Technologies
  • Kelly Regal - Associate Administrator of Research and Information Technology, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
  • Greg Larson - Acting District Liaison, Caltrans
  • Bryan Jones - Chief Operating Officer, Martin Brower

5:10 PM – 5:30 PM Wrap-up, Day 1

Richard Bishop - Bishop Consulting

Wednesday, July 12

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Deep dive: Trucking Automation: The Future of Supply Chain Transportation

Moderators: Richard Demato, Divya Demato (GoodOps)

Join us for a behind-the-scenes look at how Martin Brower, one of the world’s largest global distributors with clients including McDonald’s, Chick-fil-A and Chipotle, is taking an early market initiative to harness vehicle automation technology for cold chain transportation.

The global cold chain market, utilizing temperature-controlled logistics operations for perishable food transport, is projected to reach $271 billion by 2022. Adoption of commercial vehicle automation is attractive for its potentially significant savings in fuel and driver costs, and the possibility of ensuring fresher food across the nation. However, this transition must also properly address food safety, quality concerns and risk management to ensure brand trust and reputation.

Senior executives from Martin Brower will share how they’re approaching vehicle automation as a way to improve the cold chain and support their customers during a time of transformative change. The conversation will center around the implications and ancillary benefits of vehicle automation technology on the food supply chain, exploring different solutions due to the operating environment, route structures, regulations, policies and technical challenges, as well as plans for a live freight automation pilot tailored to their unique multi-modal logistics requirements.

A major goal of this presentation is engaging the audience and Martin Brower’s leadership to discuss the challenges and opportunities in deploying autonomous technology across their client supply chains.

2:30 PM – 2:35 PM: Break

2:35 PM – 3:30 PM Deep dive 2: Localizing Ground Penetrating Radar for Robust Autonomous Lane-Keeping

Moderators: Byron Stanley (MIT Lincoln Laboratory), David Cist, Babak Memarzadeh (Geophysical Survey Systems, Inc.)

Have you ever wondered how autonomous vehicles will operate reliably in snow storms or when there aren’t sufficient landmarks for camera or lidar based localization?  What about in foggy conditions, in heavy rains, or on dirt roads? Localizing Ground Penetrating Radar(LGPR) is a completely new way to do lane-keeping and localization using underground maps.  Join us for a deep dive into this novel technology that is just now coming to market. We’ll discuss LGPR implementations from the automated nine ton military vehicles fielded in Afghanistan that used neither lidar nor camera to recent demonstrations of centimeter-level localization at highways speeds at 4 a.m. in a snowstorm.  One key factor required for this technology to be successful has to do with the stability of underground maps. Forty years of geophysical surveys seems to show that the reference map should remain valid for a long time. We detail the strengths and weaknesses of the LGPR technology and discuss the power of fusing this independent method of localization into autonomous lane-keeping.

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