The annual BusCon conference and exhibit is intended for anyone involved with buses including public transit and paratransit; owners and operators of private companies that provide charter, tour, corporate, car rental, high-end, intercity, senior or casino transportation; and planners who coordinate university transit. The theme of Mr. Shogan’s address will be: How Connected/Automated Vehicle Technology Will Impact Transportation.
“Connected and automated vehicle technologies are together one of the hottest topics impacting cities around the world, with automakers, tech companies, ride-hailing services, universities and various transportation providers all part of the current development and testing,” Mr. Shogan stated. “As C/AV technologies continue to evolve and mature, it is only a matter of time before they have an impact on the overall transportation picture, particularly the bus business. My address will discuss the potential effects on public and private bus and shuttle operators, as well the creation of new opportunities in a shared economy.”
According to Shogan, these technologies are already impacting transportation systems, particularly bus and transit operators. One of the first commercially available automated vehicles are small, low-speed shuttles that are being put in operation today. These are envisioned to help with first linkages in transit systems, as shuttles on closed campuses, and other applications. A little further out on the horizon, most automakers and technology firms developing this technology are talking about high levels of automation being available in consumer vehicles in the early 2020s.
Mr. Shogan has more than two decades of experience in transportation planning, traffic operations, and advanced transportation technology, including over 10 years focused on the C/AV market. In addition to his long-standing work on connected vehicle pilot efforts in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he currently leads WSP’s efforts on the Mcity and American Center for Mobility, two C/AV test tracks in Southeastern Michigan.
WSP has been at the forefront of the development and testing of transportation infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles, and is currently advising transportation agencies on the development and implementation of infrastructure to accommodate these vehicles of the future. The firm’s comprehensive capabilities with respect to connected and automated vehicles are presented at www.advancingtransport.com.
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