Autonomous Driving Series - Autonomous Vehicles: Is Our Infrastructure Ready?

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    Squire Patton Boggs
    275 Battery Street
    Suite 2600
    San Francisco, CA 94111

    The fifth session in our Autonomous Driving Series will explore roadway infrastructure in the age of driverless cars.

    As autonomous vehicle technology continues to advance, smart infrastructure will need to keep pace. From arterial streets to high-speed, multimodal freeways, governments and private sector companies are actively responding to the changing infrastructure needs that this technology will require.

    The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) has encouraged innovation in this area through its Smart Cities Challenge. Seventy-eight cities competed by proposing ways to integrate technology into future transportation projects. Columbus, Ohio was crowned the winner and awarded up to US$50 million in grants for their proposal, which included the use of connected infrastructure, electric vehicle charging stations and autonomous vehicles. This is just one example of the ways that cities across the country are being incentivized to consider substantial redevelopment and the investment that will be required in the wake of autonomous vehicles.

    Our panel will include those seeking to influence and advance the development of autonomous roadway infrastructure. Panelists will share their thoughts on where the most recent technology and public policy considerations will lead us.

    Moderator: Bradley Wright, Of Counsel, Squire Patton Boggs

    Speakers include: 

    • Veronica Siranosian, AICP, LEED GA, Senior Project Manager at AECOM
    • Aviral Shrivastava, Associate Professor, School of Computing, Informatics and Decision Systems Engineering, Arizona State University
    • Matthew Clark, Policy Advisor for Arizona Governor Doug Ducey

    Some of the questions our panel will address include:

    • How is the proliferation of autonomous vehicles changing the way we look at designing roadway infrastructure?
    • What changes in relation to urban infrastructure and city planning will be required over the next decade in response to driverless cars?
    • What are some of the cutting-edge advancements in infrastructure designed to support autonomous driving and where are they likely to be found in the US when they are rolled-out?
    • What technologies are likely to become established and adopted across the country and around the world?
    • How are states and municipalities responding to this pressure, particularly given the investment required to make many of these changes?