A fascinating panel on â€œAutonomous Vehicles and the Bay Areaâ€ is is being hosted by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission on Tuesday evening, June 26, 5:30-7pm, at the Bay Area Metro HQ in San Francisco. Â Â Headlined by Prof Dan Sperling of UC Davis, author of â€œThree Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future,â€ this panel is the launch event for a new research paper with scenarios and policy ideas about the coming future with autonomous vehicles, the first in of a series of papers about transformational trends, setting the stage for the regionâ€™s next major wave of transportation and land use planning.Â Â Â
Experts including Sperling anticipate that autonomous vehicle technology could bring about a â€œHeavenâ€ of less pollution, less congestion, and healthier, more walkable communities, or a â€œHellâ€ of more traffic congestion and far suburban sprawl by reducing the stress and cost of long-distance commutes. Which way things go will depend on public policies and a strong role played by the public sector.
The future is approaching; we are starting to see a proliferation of mobility services from the private sector (transportation networks, bikeshare, scooters) and a trend dubbed â€œMobility as a Serviceâ€, with apps providing access to bundles of transport services. Â See SPURâ€™s excellent blog post on the MaaS trend.
Just a few weeks ago, the Clipper Executive Board set a direction for Clipper and Bay Area transit agencies to explore how to participate in the MaaS trend – but expressed some skepticism that Bay Area transit would be able to play a strong role – because we have are so many agencies with disconnected services.Â Â
This coming weekâ€™s panel and the Autonomous Vehicle Futures paper are part of the MTC and ABAGâ€™s Horizon Initiative, a program enabling the public, planners and policymakers to wrestle with pressing issues the Bay Area may face through 2050. Â
By attending the panel event, and/or contributing your thoughts to the Horizon Initiative, you can encourage our regionâ€™s institutions to step to the challenges and opportunities posed by emerging autonomous, shared, and â€œmobility as a serviceâ€ technologies.
The information about the event is below. You can encourage the public sector to play a key role in shaping how autonomous vehicles will support public goals, and participate in â€œmobility as a serviceâ€. Send your thoughts to:Â Dave Vautin, Horizon project manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue, June 26, 2018
5:30 PM â€“ 7:00 PM PDT
Bay Area Metro Center
375 Beale Street, Yerba Buena Conference Room
San Francisco, CA 94105
Click here to RSVPÂ