The Future of Automation Policy- From California to D.C.

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The research on automation is clear: pooling and electrification will mitigate negative impacts of Automated Vehicles (AVs). But there is a long road ahead to ensure the technical and regulatory guardrails are in place to shepherd a smooth transition to AVs. This panel will highlight findings from recent UC Davis AV-related research demonstrating the potential for AVs to induce travel demand. The panel will also discuss the evolution of the California Public Utilities Commission Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Pilot Program and recent actions from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Panelists will discuss how California and the federal governments are taking steps to regulate autonomy.

Speakers:  (See links to download presentation slides below)

  • Giovanni Circella, Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, UC Davis

Dr. Circella is the Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program and the Honda Distinguished Scholar for New Mobility Studies at the University of California, Davis, and a Senior Research Engineer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering of the Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Circella’s interests include travel behavior, emerging mobility services, travel demand modeling and travel survey methods.

  • Katie Angotti, Autonomous Vehicle Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency 

Katie has over 12 years of experience developing policy and legislation for local and state government, supporting elected officials and providing strategic advice to advance public goals. She currently leads the automated vehicle (AV) policy program within the SFMTA where she focuses on local, state and federal AV legislative and regulatory initiatives and coordinates city departments to ensure AVs serve the public good.  Prior to this role, Katie served as the Director of State and Federal Legislative Affairs for the San Francisco Mayors’ office,  the Budget and Legislative Analyst's Office in San Francisco. 

  • Prashanthi Raman, Director of Global Government Affairs, Cruise 

Prashanthi has nearly 15 years of experience navigating challenging, highly charged, and complex political environments. Prashanthi currently serves as the Director of Global Government Affairs for Cruise, an all-electric autonomous vehicle company, where she oversees global public policy, government affairs and regulatory issues. Prior to her role at Cruise, Prashanthi served as Head of State and Local Government Relations at Lyft, the Illinois Governor’s Pat Quinn’s office and as a healthcare attorney. 

  • Kevin Vincent, Consultant and Attorney, O. Kevin Vincent LLC

Kevin is a lawyer who advises clients on government and regulatory issues related to AVs,  electric vehicles and vehicle safety. Previously, he was in charge of regulatory compliance, government affairs and vehicle safety at a start-up electric car manufacturer and then an electric truck manufacturer.  From 2009 to 2015, Kevin was the Chief Counsel of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in the Obama Administration. 

  • Moderator: Mollie, Policy Director, 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program 

Mollie leads the policy outreach component of the 3R Program, which aims to help bridge the divide between researchers and policymakers. Her prior work spans several sectors and includes environmental policy, community development and transportation planning. She worked with the California League of Conservation Voters, the City of Oakland’s Department of Housing and Community Development and at the Alameda County Transportation Commission.


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