Public workshop to discuss future of autonomous vehicles in San Mateo County

Public workshop to discuss future of autonomous vehicles in San Mateo County

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SamTrans is inviting community members to a discussion about the future of autonomous vehicles in San Mateo County.

The Zoom workshop, which will feature speakers representing transit agencies in the Bay Area and beyond, as well as representatives from autonomous vehicle companies Cruise, Via and Zoox, will take place Wednesday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to noon. To register for the free event, visit the eventbrite here.

The virtual workshop is “aimed at better understanding how autonomous technologies may impact travel and mobility in San Mateo County, will provide an overview of the current policy framework in California and beyond, and discuss current autonomous and connected vehicle technologies for personal, shared, and transit vehicle applications.”

Participants will “collaborate on ideas regarding how local jurisdictions, the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA), and the San Mateo County Transit District (SamTrans) can start thinking about how transit, project/infrastructure, and policy decisions will need to adapt to an AV/SAV future.”

William Riggs, a University of San Francisco associate professor and expert in the areas of autonomy and smart transportation, will be the workshop’s  keynote speaker. Other speakers include representatives of the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, Connecticut Department of Transportation, Contra Costa Transportation Authority and Utah Transit Authority. Chairing the event is Emily Beach, a Burlingame City Councilmember who chairs the San Mateo County Transportation Authority, and Charles Stone, Belmont mayor and chair of the SamTrans board.

Photo courtesy of event organizers