Fully autonomous passenger and freight vehicles are still years away. However, researchers and manufacturers are continuing to make progress. Ohio is a national leader on projects to develop infrastructure to enable increasingly sophisticated levels of connection and autonomy. The Midwest Green Transportation Forum and Expo virtual conference features three educational sessions on this topic. One is focused on levels of autonomy in freight transportation. The second concerns technologies in passenger vehicles. The third will address system-level and infrastructure upgrades for connectivity and efficiency. You can find the descriptions for our Smart Mobility sessions on our website here. Although the conference kicked-off on Monday, September 14th, you can still access the content by registering here and downloading the Whova App. Andy Wolpert, Smart City Project Manager for the City of Columbus will moderate “Smart Logistics: Levels of Autonomy in Goods Movement.” The panelists will discuss this issue from a variety of perspectives including research and development, fleet trials and funded projects. Richard Bishop will provide insight on the latest research and learnings related to truck platooning. As a D.C. based consultant, Richard will also speak to the policy implications related to truck platooning and levels of autonomous vehicles for goods movement and freight. The Federal Highway Administration awarded the State of Ohio a federal grant for semi-autonomous trucking project for freight transportation on the I-70 corridor. Rich Granger of DriveOhio will talk the audience through the latest with the project. Attendees can also expect to hear from both a fleet conducting AV trials and a heavy-vehicle manufacturer. This session will take place on Wednesday, September 23rd from 1:00pm-2:00pm Attendees got the chance to hear from experts discuss the latest advances in benefits of autonomous passenger and personal vehicles in the “Levels of Autonomy in Passenger Movement and Personal Vehicles.” Moderated by Director of the OSU Center for Automotive Research, Dr. Giorgio Rizzoni, panelists discussed the various success and challenges regarding testing, deploying, and commercializing increasing levels of autonomous vehicles. Diane Newton of HNTB and Ed Neidermeyer joined Dr. Rizzoni to discuss the advances in the industry, weighed in on educating the public and policymakers on the benefits of autonomous vehicles, and how autonomy relates to environmental sustainability and energy use. Attendees heard from a vehicle manufacturer as well to review various mobility applications and their value to transportation service providers. This session took place on Wednesday, September 16th from 1:00pm-2:00pm and a recorded version will be available in the Whova app. The final session on the Smart Mobility track is “Transportation System Safety and Efficiency Tools and Strategies” moderated by Rich Granger of DriveOhio. Panelists will discuss what artificial intelligence and connected vehicle innovations mean for motorists and how this affects consumer energy and environmental impacts of personal mobility choices. Carla Bailo of Ann Arbor-based Center for Automotive Research, Sue Bai of Honda of America, and Venu Garikapati of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will fill the audience in on increasing efficiency and adaptability in the transportation system, what this means for motorists, and newly developed tools to keep consumers in the loop. This session will take place on Wednesday, September 24th from 1:00pm-2:00pm. Don't forget to check out our conference agenda for full session details and speaker information! If you have questions, email our Business Development & Communications Manager, Rachel Ellenberger, at Rachel@CleanFuelsOhio.org.