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Setting the Stage for Social, Industrial, and Economic Changes in Transportation

Posted on by Kristi Sullivan

“This is an exciting time for transportation. Frequent and ongoing advancements in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies are setting the stage for massive social, industrial, and economic changes the status quo of transportation and mobility,” said our state DOT Commissioner Joseph Giulietti in the welcoming remarks of the 2019 Northeast Connected & Automated Vehicle Summit.

The third annual event, hosted by the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, and University of Connecticut and held June 12-13, brought together nearly 300 public and private sector stakeholders from the region between Washington D.C. to Maine and beyond.  Speakers from well-known entities like Toyota, Volvo, Uber and Consumer Reports, discussed and shared best practices around CAV policy, infrastructure and technology issues, including the future vision, human factors, impacts on freight, mobility, and cybersecurity. Attendees also heard from other DOT representatives working in Georgia, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

Since CERC was one of the sponsors, I was fortunate to introduce the afternoon keynote speaker, Jovan Zagajac from the Ford Motor Company, who presented “Smart Vehicles in a Smart World: The Role of 5G V2X.” CERC’s marketing team also provided on-site event support, coordinated sponsors and exhibitors for the conference, and built the NECAV Summit website, which houses the agenda, speaker bios, topics and other key information. The conference received excellent feedback and hopefully will continue in the coming years as automated and connected vehicles become a future reality.