Please note that the TRB workshop begins Tuesday morning and ends Thursday before lunch. Supplemental special sessions sponsored by SAE International, the US DOT, and the State of California (on Monday afternoon, Thursday afternoon, and Friday morning, respectively) do not require a registration fee. When you register for the TRB workshop, you will be asked whether you intend to attend those sessions. This will help the meeting planners to make suitable arrangements for meeting organization and room size. Contact the organizers to propose a side meeting, special session, or other addition to the program schedule.
Vehicle and system demonstrations will take place all week.
The workshop plenary speakers are internationally respected experts actively working at the leading edge of road vehicle automation. In addition to speaking about their current research, they have agreed to speak directly to the impacts, opportunities, and benefits anticipated through increased automation.
Eleven breakout groups will meet in parallel on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon. The topics were selected to represent the multidisciplinary challenges of road vehicle automation. Each session has been planned by experts in the discipline. Session 1 on Tuesday afternoon will establish opportunities and challenges; Session 2 on Wednesday afternoon will develop research needs statements. It is anticipated that many participants will stay with one topic for both sessions, and that some will switch topics for the second day; thus, all groups will open Session 2 with a short review of the previous afternoon. Breakout sessions will make a report to the plenary on Thursday morning.
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This open meeting is an opportunity to learn more about the work of the On-Road Automated Vehicle Standards (ORAVS) committee of SAE International (formerly the Society of Automotive Engineers) and to discuss the types of standards that will be needed for automated vehicles in the future. The ORAVS committee is responsible for developing and maintaining SAE Standards, Recommended Practices, and Information Reports related to automated ground vehicles. The committee includes experts, acting in their individual capacities, from OEMs, suppliers, consulting firms, universities, and governments as well as other interested parties. It is currently developing an Information Report that provides functional definitions for the levels of automation of road vehicles and a Recommended Practice on safety guidelines for on-road testing of prototype automated vehicles. This session is free of charge.
The U.S. DOT is developing a multimodal research program plan to address the federal research role in automation in road transportation. The draft plan will be presented in plenary on Thursday morning, and will be discussed following a lunch break on Thursday afternoon. The U.S. DOT objective for this special session is to facilitate an expert discussion of the federal research role in this still evolving area of transportation. This session is free of charge.
The state of California is holding a special session, open to all attendees of the TRB workshop, to consider the specific implications of road vehicle automation for California. California has long been a leader in transportation innovations and is the center of the world’s information technology industry. Road vehicle automation could provide an opportunity for California to leverage both of these historical advantages to become an international leader in the road vehicle industry as well.
This workshop will be an interactive discussion about the opportunities and challenges that California faces in road vehicle automation, including topics such as:
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