July 9, 2018

World’s Largest Meeting on Automated Vehicles: July 9-12 in San Francisco

WASHINGTON -- The Transportation Research Board (TRB) and the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) are co-sponsoring the fourth annual Automated Vehicles Symposium, the largest meeting dedicated to automated vehicles in the world. Over 1,500 academics, policymakers, manufacturers, and others are expected to gather this week at the Hilton in San Francisco’s Union Square from July 9-12.

Advances are rapidly being made in the automated vehicles field, which will have major impacts on the transportation industry as a whole. The 2018 Automated Vehicles Symposium will host dozens of speakers, breakout sessions, and poster sessions on a broad range of topics, including law, cybersecurity, infrastructure, public policy, shared mobility, consumer acceptance, aftermarket products, operations, human factors, and more.

Highlights include:

Keynote Addresses
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao will deliver a keynote address on Tuesday, July 10. Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will deliver a keynote address on Thursday, July 12.

Enterprise Solutions Series
These presentations will focus on recent technological developments in the automated vehicles field, with sessions on mapping for autonomous vehicles, intelligent infrastructure, the role of state and local governments, and more. This series takes place on the afternoons of July 10 and 11.

Poster Sessions
Dozens of universities, laboratories, transportation agencies, companies, and innovators will participate in poster sessions, providing the opportunity for attendees to engage with the authors and discuss cutting-edge vehicle automation research. The posters will be displayed over the course of the symposium.

Transportation Research Board Activities
TRB Executive Director Neil Pedersen will address symposium attendees in a session titled “The National Academies & TRB – Preparing for Automated Vehicles and Shared Mobility” on Wednesday, July 11. TRB is hosting a breakout session on Monday, July 9, on the same topic.

Other Speakers
Some of the many speakers include:
Nadeem Sheikh, vice president of the self-driving vehicle programs for Lyft
Iain Forbes, head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, UK Department of Transport
Finch Fulton, deputy assistant secretary for transportation policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation
Clara de la Torre, director for transport at the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the European Commission

Additional information about the poster sessions, breakout sessions, and more is available here.

To follow online conversations about the annual symposium, use the hashtag #AVS18 and follow TRB (@NASEMTRB) and AUVSI (@AUVSI) on Twitter.

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