Breakout #17

Breakout Session #17

Policy Making For Automated Vehicles: A Proactive Approach For Government

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Room: Continental 9


  • Anita Kim, USDOT Volpe Center
  • Ginger Goodin, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Steve Lockwood, Lockwood LLC
  • Baruch Feigenbaum, Reason Foundation
  • Richard Mudge, Compass Transportation and Technology
  • Shawn Kimmel, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Natarajan Jana Janarthanan, Washington State Dept. of Transportation
  • David Perlman, USDOT Volpe Center
  • Joe Stanford, USDOT Volpe Center
  • Susan Spencer, Susan Spencer & Associates
  • Casey Emoto, Valley Transportation Authority
  • Chuck Fuhs, Managed Lanes


This session will discuss the top automation policy priorities facing public agencies and identify strategies for policymakers to achieve desired outcomes. Rather than shy away from uncertainty, the group will face it head on, by exploring a range of automation scenarios to understand the broader policy implications. The session will highlight different policy perspectives and discuss strategies that can enable public agencies to encourage the benefits from automated vehicles, while also steering us away from its potentially negative impacts. Topics will include:

  • Helping policymakers cut through the ‘hype’ and getting to a realistic vision of the automated vehicle future
  • Desired roles for public agencies at all levels
  • Using policy to reach desired outcomes (how do we formulate policy and when do we need them?)


1:30 – 1:45pm Current Policy Landscape for Automated Vehicles

Policy experts will discuss current legislative, regulatory and policy activities regarding automated vehicles and how the policy landscape has developed over the last year.

1:45 – 2:45pm Policy Perspectives


  • Robbie Diamond, President, CEO and Founder of SAFE, Securing America’s Future Energy
  • David Strickland, Counsel, Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets
  • Paul Scullion, Safety Manager, Association of Global Automakers, Inc.
  • Jill Ingrassia, Managing Director of Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy, AAA
  • Chandra Bhat, Director, University of Texas at Austin Center for Transportation Research

Representatives from industry and other groups influencing the policy conversation will discuss their perspective on what the major policy priorities are and what public agencies should be doing about it. For example, what potential near and long term policy goals should state and local agencies be considering? Should they enable early deployment, modify roadway infrastructure, reduce environmental impacts, assess land use impacts, ensure equitable access or do something else?

2:45 – 3:00pm – Break

3:00 – 4:15 pm – Real Policy Challenges from Real Agencies


  • Nathaniel Beuse, Associate Administrator for Vehicle Safety Research, NHTSA
  • Bernard Soriano, Deputy Director, California DMV
  • Tracy Larkin-Thomason, Deputy Director for Southern Nevada, Nevada DOT
  • Mike Alexander, Director, Atlanta Regional Commission Center for Livable Communities
  • Karla Taylor, Chief of Staff, City of Austin Transportation Department
  • Keith Jasper, Program Coordinator, Northern Virginia Transportation Authority

Engage with a panel of representatives from Federal, state and local agencies to understand the real challenges decision-makers face in implementing policies and managing expectations from all sides. The speakers will share their experiences and insights into what public agencies can do to avoid the pitfalls and successfully navigate the implications of rapidly advancing automated vehicle technologies.

4:15 – 5:15pm – The Future is a Choice: Policy Levers for State and Local Agencies

An interactive discussion on the range of policy levers available to state and local agencies to reach desired outcomes with respect to automated vehicles. As automated vehicles become more widely deployed on public roads, what policy tools can state and local agencies use to mitigate potentially negative impacts and/or incentivize positive ones?

5:15 – 5:30pm – Summary and Wrap-Up

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