Smart Mobility Sessions

PLEASE NOTE: The Midwest Green Transportation Forum & Expo took place on September 14-25, 2020, and the agenda has officially concluded.

HOWEVER, you can still register as an attendee through the registration link and gain access to recordings of all the sessions and to the networking features for up to 6 months.

Levels of Autonomy in Passenger Movement & Personal Vehicles


September 16, 2020

1:00p-2:00p ET

A future with driverless, fully autonomous vehicles (AV) still seems inevitable, though still at least a decade or two away. Some AV trials have been successful while others have resulted in setbacks. For some, AVs represent a bright future of lower transportation costs, greater safety, and expanded access to mobility. Others see a system overwhelmed with congestion, energy waste, and climate impacts as AVs constantly circulate waiting for riders. Some question whether benefits will be available equitably. As we progress through levels of autonomy, policymakers and transportation leaders need to understand how AV technologies can provide benefits today and soon. Through this session we will explore these issues with technology, transportation system, OEM, policy and fleet leaders. 


Giorgio Rizzoni, Director,Center for Automotive Research​, The Ohio State University


Diane Newton, PMP, Associate Vice President & Project Manager, HNTB

Ed Niedermeyer, Communications Director, Partners for Automated Vehicle Education

Alex Lybarger, Research Team Lead & Senior R&D Engineer, Advanced Mobility, Transportation Research Center, Inc.

Transportation System Safety & Efficiency Tools and Strategies


September 23, 2020

1:00-2:00p ET

As with nearly every aspect of our world, artificial intelligence (AI) will change our transportation system. As virtual connectivity extends to more platforms – vehicles and components on them, system infrastructure, and all of us - an enormous volume of data is generated. AI provides the power to learn, adapt, and improve utilization of resources. Today transportation agencies are beginning to harness this power to make the system safer, more responsive, and potentially more energy efficient. However, does the generation of data and the use of AI raise any concerns about privacy and potential for abuse? Will safety, mobility access and energy efficiency gains promised materialize as systems and tools are rolled out? Learn about some of these systems, how they are being tested, and both the promises and concerns they hold. 


Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce & Economic Development, DriveOhio


Venu Garikapati, Project Leader for Transportation Data Analytics, National Renewable Energy Laboratory 

Carla Bailo, President & Chief Executive Officer, Center for Automotive Research

Sue Bai, Chief Engineer, Automobile Technology Research, Honda R&D Americas

Smart Logistics: Levels of Autonomy in Goods Movement


September 24, 2020

1:00p-2:00p ET

A variety of advanced autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, including platooning, offers the potential for additional fuel efficiency gains for long-haul trucks. AV technologies also promise to reduce driver fatigue and increase safety. Some initial AV technologies are being deployed today. Others are coming soon. Platooning trucks are connected virtually to each other and to the highway infrastructure. Yet progress is needed before the technology can be fully commercialized. Policymakers must still confront issues about impacts on, and access to, the overall highway system and how to ensure safety for all highway users. This session will provide a status of where we are with AV technology in goods movement and delivery, and will dig into policy issues at state and federal levels. 


Andy Wolpert, Project Manager, Smart City Program, City of Columbus


Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce & Economic Development, DriveOhio

Richard Bishop, Principle, Bishop Consulting

Çetin Mericli, Chief Executive Officer, Locomation

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