Because 94 percent of vehicle crashes are attributed to human error, automated vehicles have immense potential to save lives. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation selected the San Diego region as one of ten connected and automated vehicle (CAV) proving ground sites in the nation.
Unlike Tesla’s Autopilot, this technology involves communication between vehicles and infrastructure. Connected and automated vehicle technologies have the potential to improve safety, alter transport costs, impact traffic patterns and congestion and fundamentally change mobility around the world. Though full deployment of CAVs is years away at best, government officials, planners, and economic developers are beginning to consider the potential influences of this new technology on their roadways, streetscapes, and investment decisions.
Automated vehicle (AV) testing is not new to the San Diego region. In 1997, SANDAG partnered with UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, and the National Automated Highway System Consortium (NAHSC) to demonstrate technical feasibility of automated technologies (view video). Today, the San Diego region remains an ideal proving ground location; it provides direct access to global leaders in the cybersecurity and wireless industries, as well as academic institutions that are at the forefront of robotics research and development.
Our presenter, Sam Amen, is the District 11, Branch Chief for Traffic System Performance, and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Manager with California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). He is also an Adjunct Professor of Transportation Engineering at San Diego State University, Civil Engineering Department.
|5:45 pm||Zoom opens for chat among attendees|
|6:00 pm||Introduction and presentation|
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