GVITE Lunch Meeting - Thursday, September 6, 2018

August 08, 2018

Presentation: New Mobility and Autonomous Vehicle Possibilities

Presenter: Jeremy Finkleman, MCIP, RPP, Urban Systems

Location: Vancouver Public Library Main Branch
350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 6B1
Room: Peter Kaye

Date: Thursday, September 6, 2018

Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 am (Registration & Lunch)  
12:00 am - 1:00 pm (Presentation)

Early Bird Cost (before 30 August 2018): $30 (Members), $35 (Non-Members), $20 (Students)

Cost (on and after 30 August 2018): $40 (Members), $45 (Non-Members), $30 (Students)

We are at the outset of a transportation revolution that rivals the advent of the streetcar in the late 19th century and the introduction of the automobile and construction of highway and freeway infrastructures in the 20th century. Advances in telecommunications and socio-behavioural shifts have already led to the exponential growth of New Mobility services such as carsharing, ridesourcing (i.e. Uber, Lyft), and bikesharing in larger cities, the impacts of which are only beginning to be understood.
Further, Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology is rapidly emerging and is poised to represent a US$42 Billion global market by 2025. Currently all major auto manufacturers and tech giants such as Google and Uber are racing against one another to fine-tune the technology with vehicles already being trialed to varying degrees.

Amongst other implications, autonomous vehicles extend the freedom of personal mobility to those who cannot or are unwilling to drive; additionally, AVs could provide new mobility options for those without access to an automobile. Perhaps the most far-reaching implication, however, is how the technology will enable people to reclaim their time. Instead of driving, travellers could spend their travel time using their smart devices, preparing for meetings, or even sleeping. While this may be a boon on a personal level, collectively this may result in significantly greater pressure on roadways as individuals rethink whether it’s necessary to live within or near urban cores. 

To better understand some of the upcoming opportunities and threats this new technology presents, Urban Systems conducted a nation-wide survey in Spring 2018. Survey questions were framed to provide insights on AV implications on willingness to travel longer distances, land use, impacts on vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT), parking, multi-modality (including willingness to use transit in an AV-dominant system), and opportunities for vehicle reduction. This presentation will share some of the key insights gathered from the survey and suggest next steps municipalities and agencies could take to ensure they are planning proactively for this seismic shift to the transportation network.

About the Presenter:

Jeremy Finkleman, MCIP, RPP is a transportation planner and new mobility specialist with a strong background in transportation business cases, traffic operational analysis, traffic modeling, and multi-modal integrated planning studies. Over the past three years, Jeremy has spearheaded a process to develop 21st century tools to streamline transportation network assessments and planning, working in tandem with a global GPS firm to develop in-vehicle methods of operationalizing big data offerings to assess roadway delays, speeds, and traffic volumes. Additionally, Jeremy is co-leading Urban System’s nascent Automated Vehicle practice and is pioneering a new practice area in car sharing, working and advising clients as to how best to leverage new mobility applications in pursuit of strategic goals. Jeremy also has a strong background in transit planning with experience in long range transit planning, service planning, and transit priority treatments.

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