Sacramento Legislative Briefing: Transitioning to More Efficient, Shared, Connected, and Automated Travel

Event Date

Capitol Building, Room 112

(Oct 2018) Sacramento Legislative Briefing: Transitioning to More Efficient, Shared, Connected, and Automated Travel


Event Purpose: 

To present and discuss new insights and policy-relevant research from the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) with the goals of: 1) ensuring legislative staff are aware of the most recent research findings from UC ITS; and 2) increasing the interaction and dialogue between UC ITS researchers and those developing transportation policy in the Capitol. This event is being organized by the UC ITS, Senate Office of Research, Policy Institute of Energy, Environment, and the Economy at UC Davis, and the Three Revolutions Future Mobility Policy Initiative at UC Davis.


10:30am           Status of Automated Vehicle Technology

This session will introduce and define the policy issues associated with vehicle automation. The session will introduce common terminology, cover current state and federal regulations, and discuss where legislative action may be required. It will also include new analysis on the expected cost of travel of automated mobility, and what the implications of cheap, driverless travel might be.

Speaker: Dan Sperling – Founder and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis, and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Environmental Science and Policy

11:10am           Implications of Connected and Automated Vehicles for Roadway  Infrastructure

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1) encourages the use of “advanced technologies and communications systems in transportation infrastructure that recognize and accommodate advanced automotive technologies”. However, some companies on the leading edge of vehicle automation have announced that their vehicles will will not rely on connecting and communicating with other vehicles and/or infrastructure. This has created uncertainty in regard to what infrastructure changes and/or upgrades may be needed to ensure the safe deployment of automated vehicles. This session will address some of the infrastructure-related issues and challenges public agencies are and will be considering in preparation for automated vehicles, and implications for planning and policy making in California.

Speaker: Pravin Varaiya – Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley

11:50am           Review of the Discussion and Closing Thoughts

12:00pm           Adjourn and Grab Box Lunches