Road Vehicle Automation: Opportunities and Challenges for California

UC Center Sacramento Speaker Series Presents

Steve Shladover Program Manager California PATH Program, Institute of Transportation Studies, University of California, Berkeley

Road vehicle automation has become a popular topic in recent years, but much of that popularity is based on uninformed speculation and hype that have raised public expectations to unrealistic levels. This presentation reviews the long history of road vehicle automation systems, the diverse levels of automation that are being developed, and the implications that these are likely to have for the future of transportation in California.

Dr. Steven Shladover has been researching road vehicle automation systems for forty years. He is the Program Manager, Mobility at the California PATH Program of the Institute of Transportation Studies of the University of California at Berkeley. He led PATH’s pioneering research on automated highway systems, including its participation in the National Automated Highway Systems Consortium from 1994-98, and has continued research on fully and partially automated vehicle systems since then. He chaired the Transportation Research Board Committee on Intelligent Transportation Systems from 2004-2010, and currently chairs the TRB Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation. Dr. Shladover leads the U.S. delegation to ISO/TC204/WG14, which is developing international standards for “vehicle-roadway warning and control systems”.