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UC Institute of Transportation Studies to Host Webinar on How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

October 3, 2019

The University of California Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) will be hosting its first webinar highlighting new research exploring how and why “early adopter” cities are planning for autonomous vehicles. This webinar will feature a presentation from UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Chatman and his new research exploring the motivation of “early adopter” cities engaged in autonomous vehicle testing, regulation, and planning. Professor Chatman will share high-level findings and insights from over 20 in-depth interviews and an extensive review of policy and planning documents. He will also discuss the implications of this research on future autonomous vehicle policy making at varying levels of government.

Autonomous vehicles are being widely tested and piloted to carry passengers and freight. When these vehicles will be deployed more broadly and integrated into our current transportation system is debatable. However, a handful of cities across the nation are starting to incorporate autonomous vehicles into policy conversations and planning activities. These “early adopter” cities are providing insight into the evolving role local policy may have in shaping autonomous vehicle use and deployment in communities. 

To learn more about this research, read the full report “Autonomous Vehicles in the United States: Understanding Why and How Cities and Regions Are Responding” authored by Professor Daniel Chatman and Marcel Moran with UC Berkeley. The report is available here.

This webinar is the first in a series organized by UC ITS to highlight and discuss the results from research projects funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1). Established in 1947 by the California Legislature, UC ITS has four branches located at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

The webinar will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on October 18, 2019.

Please register for the webinar here.

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