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CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy included a special briefing by Bryant Walker Smith, assistant professor at the University of South Carolina in the schools of law and engineering. He spoke about the legal and regulatory landscape for autonomous vehicles.

CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy included a keynote address from Kirk Steudle, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation, who outlined his state’s approach to autonomous and connected vehicle policy.

CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy included a June 13 panel looking at how autonomous and connected vehicles could reshape a variety of industries and the overall economy and the job impacts and other challenges that could lie ahead. Panelists included Maya Rockeymoore of Global Policy Solutions and Lewis Clements of the University of Texas. This summary also includes comments by Steve Boyd of Peloton Technology from an earlier session on June 12.

CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy featured a panel discussion highlighting the work of state departments of transportation and research universities to test autonomous and connected vehicles and predict and shape their impacts. Speakers included Nevada Department of Transportation director Rudy Malfabon, James Barna of the Ohio Department of Transportation, Virginia assistant secretary of transportation Ronique Day, and Mollie D’Agostino of the University of California-Davis.

CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy included a panel discussion on the benefits and challenges that may be part of the autonomous and connected vehicle future. Attendees heard from former National Highway Traffic Safety Administrator David Strickland, AAA director of state relations Jennifer Ryan, Alliance for Transportation Innovation co-founder Ralph Menzano and Paul Lewis, vice president for policy and finance at the Eno Center for Transportation.

CSG convened the Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. A group of state policymakers from around the country attended the event. The academy included a panel looking at research, technology and testing of autonomous and connected vehicles. Speakers included Hideki Hada, executive engineer for electronics systems at Toyota, Michelle Chaka of the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and Steve Boyd of Peloton Technology.

State policymakers from around the country attended the CSG Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Policy Academy June 12-14, 2017 in Detroit. Attendees heard from representatives of the automotive industry, university researchers, state department of transportation officials and others about how states are preparing for the autonomous and connected vehicle future. This page provides an archive of resources from the academy and links to further reading.

While infrastructure investment was a major focus of Infrastructure Week 2017 activities in Washington, D.C., transportation stakeholders were also busy examining the profound effect autonomous and connected vehicles could have in a variety of areas in the decades to come. At two forums, one on May 16 and the other on May 19, much of the discussion was about the roles federal, state, local and regional policymakers should play in regulating and shaping these technologies so that society can benefit from their potential and mitigate some of their more negative consequences.

Congress approved legislation in 2012 known as Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century, or MAP-21, that not only provided two years of funding for transportation programs and a variety of policy changes after nearly three years of short-term extensions but also set in motion a process that continues today, even after minor tweaks were made in 2015’s five-year Fixing America’s Surface Transportation, or FAST, Act. States and planning organizations have been working with the Federal Highway Administration, or FHWA, to implement a performance-based approach to the federal highway program.

Last December, I compiled my annual list of the states to watch on transportation funding. Last month we followed that up with a CSG eCademy webinar featuring Alison Premo Black of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association and reporters from three key states. With legislative sessions well underway in many places, it’s time to see where things stand in the debates about transportation funding going on around the country.

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