Breakout Sessions


Breakout Sessions

Did you know that one of the highest rated features of AVS is our series of Breakout Sessions? These Breakouts are unique to AVS. Session organizers arrange expert speakers on relevant topics and then session attendees debate and discuss the issues. These discussions often include perspectives from around the world. Every Breakout Session generates outputs after the symposium which are posted on the AVS website. Breakout sessions will be held from 1:30 PM – 5:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the symposium.

Reading the Road Ahead: Traffic Control Devices and Machine Vision Interactions

Determining the suitability of roadway segments for AV operations will aid developers, suppliers, vehicle manufacturers, users, and road network owners and operators. This understanding of the interaction between machine vision systems and the roadway environment will be a critical component of agency planning for autonomous vehicle deployments. Learn more >>

Test Scenarios and Standards for Automation

Identifying the universe of test scenarios for automated vehicles will need to be a joint task, drawing upon information shared within industry, government, and standards organizations. Test scenarios are critical for enabling the safety of automated vehicles in a range of operational environments and roadway conditions. Learn more >>

FHWA Road Weather Management Program: Investigating AV Technologies and Adverse Weather

How does adverse weather affect automated vehicles? Can radar penetrate falling rain or an iced antenna? How well do vision systems handle a dusting of snow? How are drivers informed about vehicle performance? Come see the results of controlled experiments in adverse weather with three production vehicles. Learn more >>

Testbed Evolution and Collaboration: A Necessary Path to Roadworthiness

This session explores current capabilities and structures of testbeds, including a wide spectrum from simulation, cities, TNCs (Transportation Networking Companies), AASHTO SPaT Challenge, USDOT AV Proving Grounds, closed course facilities and more. Learn more >>

AVs and Vulnerable Road Users: Envisioning a Healthy, Safe, and Equitable Future

This breakout session is dedicated to expanding the discussion surrounding the interaction between VRUs of all types and AV systems, particularly exploring considerations related to mobility, planning and equity. The breakout session will be divided up into two speaker panels. Learn more >>

An AV Crash Occurs: What Happens Next?

Software bugs, vulnerabilities, and updates will happen to AVs. When a crash occurs, how will liability be assessed, especially in a mixed-fleet environment? Panelists from a cross-section of interested parties – insurers, plaintiff and defense lawyers, law enforcement, and regulators – will discuss several scenarios from performance failures to cyber attacks. Learn more >>

Building Automation into Urban and Metropolitan Mobility Planning

Cities and regions are a very challenging implementation field for CAV's, and there is an animated debate about the most likely implementation paths and impacts to be expected under given contexct conditions. How can cities prepare for automation while there is still high uncertainty about how automation will develop and which impacts it will generate? Learn more >>

New Innovations in Intersection Control with Cooperative Automation

This breakout session will consider potential effects of different cooperative automation technologies in controlling signalized junctions. The main goal is to find the roles of both infrastructure and vehicles in decision-making and control decisions. The focus is on how vehicles and infrastructure can cooperate toward safer and more efficient intersection operations. Learn more >>

What’s a Digital Infrastructure, Anyway?: Building A Shared Vision for National AV-Readiness

This session is an opportunity for global stakeholders to hear from experts and collaborate to: develop a common definition of “AV-ready digital infrastructure;” generate a short-list of required definitions and models; and review existing frameworks, including a proposed Data Maturity Model. Learn more >>

Life in the Slow Lane: Automated Low-Speed Shuttles

This session will include an overview of the work going on with these shuttles around the world; a panel discussion with researchers, project sponsors, and industry; and a group exercise to discuss the use cases and research needs for this relatively new mode. Learn more >>

Training Needs for Automated Driving

This breakout session will provide critical and timely information to federal and state regulators, OEMs, researchers, and system developers relative to automated vehicle systems and driver training. Learn more >>

Speed Dating

In this unique session, leaders in the public and private world of automated driving will come together with each other – and with the audience – through focused talks and face-to-face discussions. Learn more >>

Trucking Automation: Deployment Challenges and Opportunities

The session will build on the results from the AVS17 trucking breakout session with the objective to provide an updated picture of challenges and opportunities for the deployment of on-road trucking automation. This session will extend the horizon to regions beyond the U.S., in particular Europe, Japan and China. Learn more >>

Energy and Emissions Implications of Connected and Automated Vehicles

The Organizing Committee of the Energy and Emissions Implications of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) plans a 2-part special breakout session and invites researchers, educators, government officials, industry professionals, community leaders and all others with technical expertise to submit abstracts to be considered for oral presentation (20 min with Q&A). Learn more >>

Enabling Technologies

This is a technical session focused on vehicular technologies and breakthroughs that will enable automated vehicles. It an under-the-hood insight to the devices and algorithms that are under development or underway, divided into fix technology area, followed by a “what did we learn” synthesis session. Learn more >>

A Call to Action: It’s Time for a Transit Renaissance! Linking Automation, Sharing, and Public Transportation to Advance the Public Good

This session is intended to be provocative and a “Call to Action,” as suggested by our title. This breakout will investigate concerns not being adequately addressed in our current transportation system, nor in the over-arching vision perpetuated by the development of the automated taxis. Learn more >>

Blockchain in the Automated Vehicle Ecosystem

This session explores the intersection of blockchain technology and automated vehicles. Blockchain is founded on an incorruptible, shared, digital ledger of transactions that can record not just financial exchanges but virtually any kind of collective transaction. Learn more >>

The Role of Human Factors in the Design of Automated Vehicle External Communications

Research is underway across numerous countries investigating the potential of new external communication methods for highly automated vehicles (HAVs). As drivers are replaced, we lose human-to-human communication between road users such as eye contact and hand gestures. Learn more >>

Ethical & Social Implications of Automated Vehicles

This breakout will address ethical and social implications of automated vehicles not covered in other breakouts. Panelists will discuss the need for human oversight of automated vehicle operation, but in testing and operation, from philosophical and technical persectives. Learn more >>

Artificial Intelligence and Deep Machine Learning Tools and Algorithms for Automated Vehicles: The State of the Art and Practice

Autonomous driving relies on in-vehicle computers that emulate the functions of a human brain in making informed decisions. Such systems employ artificial intelligence and sophisticated machine learning methods to support object tracking and various pattern recognition capabilities.   Learn more >>

Integrating Automated Vehicles on City Streets: An Interactive Planning Workshop

How can automated vehicles be deployed in the city without compromising urban livability at the level of the street? This question will be the focus of the 2018 AVS interactive scenario planning workshop.   Learn more >>

OEM/DOT Dialog on Dedicated Lanes, Work Zones, and Shared Data

This session is all about dialogue and discussion on three key deployment topics with representatives from automotive OEMs/suppliers, infrastructure owner’s operators/suppliers, and other key stakeholders. The topics are dedicated lanes for CAV, highway work zones, and data for transportation systems management and operation. Learn more >>

Policy Implications of Autonomous Vehicles

Automated vehicles could increase VMT, encourage sprawl, and introduce new problems. This year’s policy session will focus on how tools, such as congestion pricing, could address automated vehicle externalities. The session will explore the pricing options that could address automated vehicles and highlight the regulatory challenges that state and local agencies face in implemening such policies. Learn more >>