Podcar City 2017 – Las Vegas, USA

Podcar City - Conference 2017 - Las Vegas

November 6 update! Meet the speakers, see what all the talk on Autonomous Vehicles for Public Transit is about. Newsletter #4 has the final program and news about all exciting things that will happen in the next few days.

Should what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas? The speakers, keynotes and panels are coming together nicely for the 2017 Podcar City Conference. It will take place in the very special city of Las Vegas, November 8-10 2017. We will meet in the new City Hall (see image) and in the adjacent Golden Nugget Hotel.

This year we will incorporate the UIDC – Urban International Design Contest – into the conference. We expect a vast array of speakers and exciting topics around sustainable and innovative automated public transportation. Draft program is now available on the right side of this page. Please also follow us on Facebook for updates here! www.facebook.com/PodcarCity.

Program overview for 2017 plus new workshop for 2017!

Get started in autonomous public transit planning with our workshop! We will provide resources from students and experts for a design workshop on Wednesday. Try different options – Autonomous street vehicles, Personal Rapid Transit, see the visual effect, estimate financial and environmental impact – and much more. Bring all you got – ideas, questions and existing plans and we will make sure you get a team of people working with you.

Please make sure to email us at info@podcarcity.org if you want to participate!

Draft program overview

Wednesday November 8 – City Hall and UNLV

10 – 3 Workshop – Students planning your PRT/ATN idea in 3 hours at City Hall
12.00 Student training at UNLV
3 pm ASCE Public Transportation Committee – Steven Jones, Walter Kulyk, Matt Lesh

4 pm Registration opens
4.30 Planning for ASCE Conferences and Stakeholder input – Jones, Kulyk, Lesh
5.30 Welcoming Reception at City Hall – Mayor Carolyn Goodman
6.30 Keynote – Setting the Stage – Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University
7.00 Gradeschool Art Competition TBD

Thursday November 9 – City Hall

8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8.45 Official opening – Christer Lindström & Ron Swenson, INIST
9.00 Welcome to Las Vegas – Scott Adams, City Manager
9.15 Introductions – Matthew Lesh, Host- Around the Room
10.00 Keynote – Vince Valdes, US DOT – Perspectives from FTA
10.20 Keynote – Ranbir Saran Das – Executive Director Fairwood Group- Large PRT Developments on the Horizon

10.40 Coffee Break

11.00 PANEL – What is a Podcar? – Moderated by Christer Lindström, INIST
Historical Context & Future – Alain Kornhauser, Princeton University
PRT and Shared Autonomous Taxis – Ingmar Andreasson, Logistikcentrum
Automated Transit – Walter Kulyk, USDOT (retired)
Engineering & Design – Corey Clothier, Pratt & Miller
Research & Implementation – Burford Furman, San Jose State University

12.00 Lunch provided
12.30 Lunch Keynote – Bosse Andersson, Kompass Chair
1.15 PANEL – Should what happens in Vegas stay in Vegas? Moderated by Michael
Ippoliti, Calstart
Plans & Pilots – Joanna Wadsworth, City of Las Vegas
Connected Vehicles Strategies – John Estrada, eTrans Systems
Operations – Francis Julien, Keolis
Suna Taymaz – AAA
Brian Hoeft, RTC Nevada

2.30 PANEL – Advancing Transit – Moderated by Steven Jones, ASCE & Univ. of Alabama
Eugene Nishinaga, Transit Control Solutions
Roger Teal, DemandTrans
Pepper Harward, Routematch
Neal Hemenover, Transdev
Jeff Becker, RTD Denver
Klara Wirdby, City of Gävle

3.30 Coffee

3.45 PANEL – The Big Picture – Moderator Steven Jones, University of Alabama/Alabama Transportation Institute
Justin Begley, City & County of Denver
Shannon Haney, Hillsborough Area Transit Authority, Tampa, Florida
Koorosh Olyai, Stantec
Shannon MacDonald, Southern Illinois University
Christopher Juniper, ATRA
Magnus Hunhammar, IST

5.00 UIDC 2017 – Six Teams: Moderated by Cecilia Nordkvist & Pontus Gustafsson
Sundbyberg, Perth, Las Vegas, Washington DC, Jacksonville, Gävle

5.30 Day one closing Remarks – Stefan Bergström, Deputy Mayor City of Sundbyberg
5.45 End of Day 1
7.30 Conference Dinner – The Transformational Economy, Pepper Harward, Routematch


9.00 Coffee
9.20 Recap of Day 1 and Thoughts Moving Forward – A Vision for a Better Quality of Life – Peter Muller, PRT Consulting
9.40 Keynote – Tina Quigley, General Manager RTC Nevada – Making RTC a leader
10.00 Lessons Learned – Corey Clothier, Comet Consulting and Pratt & Miller Engineering
10.15 Coffee
10.30 PANEL – Development, Demonstrations & Pilots – Moderated by Koorosh Olyai
Lauren Isaac, Easymile
John Cole, Skytran
Joerg Schweizer, University of Bologna – Microsimulations of PRT vehicle platoons
David Edwards, Greenville Airport (by Peter Muller) – Small Airport Smart Development and Automated Transportation Connectivity

12.00 Lunch on your own – See Enclosed Map in Program for Suggestions

1.30 PANEL – Making it Real – Moderated by Sisinnio Concas, Center for Urban
Transportation Research
Stan Young, National Renewable Energy Lab
Percy van Staden, Milotek / Futran
Kevin Salzer, Jacksonville Transportation Authority
Peter Muller, PRT Consulting
Jeremy Brown, First Transit
Stefan Bergström, Deputy Mayor City of Sundbyberg

3.00 PANEL – Making an Impact – Moderated by Jerry Spears, Montana Association of
Debbie Cook, Former Mayor of Huntington Beach
Marie Steele, NV Energy
Marco Valotta, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Las Vegas
Tracy Larkin-Thomason, NV DOT

4.00 UIDC Prize – Presented by Jeral Poskey, Google Inc.
4.15 Martin Lowson Paper Award – Tatiana Babicheva, Vedecom & Joerg Schweizer, University of Bologna
4.30 Next Conference Announcement and Closing Comments – Christer Lindström & Klara Wirdby
4.45 End of Conference