Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Dates: October 18, 2019

Meets: F from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Online

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This webinar is the first in a series being organized by the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to highlight and discuss the results from research projects funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1). Established in 1947 by the California Legislature, the UC ITS has four branches located at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA. There is no cost to register.

Missed the webinar? No worries! The session is being recorded and that link will be available on Monday, October 21, 2019.


Autonomous vehicles are being widely tested and piloted to carry passengers and freight. When these vehicles will be deployed more broadly and integrated into our current transportation system is debatable. However, a handful of cities across the nation are starting to incorporate autonomous vehicles into policy conversations and planning activities. These "early adopter" cities are providing insight into the evolving role local policy may have in shaping AV use and deployment in communities.

This webinar will feature a presentation from UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Chatman featuring new research exploring the motivation of "early adopter" cities engaged in autonomous vehicle testing, regulation, and planning. Professor Chatman will share high-level findings and insights from over 20 in-depth interviews and an extensive review of policy and planning documents. He will also discuss the implications of this research on future autonomous vehicle policy making at varying levels of government.

To learn more about this research, read the full report "Autonomous Vehicles in the United States: Understanding Why and How Cities and Regions Are Responding" authored by Professor Daniel Chatman and Marcel Moran with UC Berkeley. Download the report at:


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Daniel Chatman

PhD, Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

Daniel Chatman is an Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at UC Berkeley. He studies travel behavior and the built environment; residential and workplace location choice; "smart growth" and municipal fiscal decision making; and the connections between public transportation, immigration and the economic growth of cities.


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