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MPC Roundtable
Driverless Cars: Shaping Future Infrastructure

April 5, 2018, Noon to 1:30 p.m. CST

Metropolitan Planning Council
140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60603

Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council, the Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Shared-Use Mobility Center

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This event is part of a series about how autonomous vehicles will impact our lives and the cities we live in.

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What is the transportation infrastructure we want in the future and how will driverless cars fit in?

Join MPC and our partners, the Environmental Law & Policy Center and the Shared-Use Mobility Center, for a roundtable discussion on how cities around the world are starting to grapple with this question. Our panel of experts will delve into how U.S. cities are making infrastructure decisions today in anticipation of a future with autonomous vehicles (AVs).

Roundtable Panelists:

  • Mary Wisniewski (moderator), Transportation Reporter and Getting Around Columnist, Chicago Tribune
  • Shannon McDonald, Associate Professor of Architectural Studies and Interior Design, Southern Illinois University Carbondale. McDonald will give a broad overview of infrastructure considerations in a future with driverless cars.
  • Matthew Herman, Associate Principal, BuroHappold Engineering. Herman will highlight the CAV Design Sprint charettes his firm has hosted all over the world and how a wide range of global cities are thinking about how AVs could fit into their infrastructure.
  • Ben PierceTransportation Technology Program Lead, HDR. Pierce will speak about considerations for U.S. cities as they plan their infrastructure for a future with AVs.

The event will begin promptly at noon. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. The cost of the event is $15 for MPC & ELPC donors and students with a current ID, $30 for all others. Lunch will be served; please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register.

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MPC thanks Wight & Company, Edelman and HDR, Inc. for their generous sponsorship.

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About the Series

Driverless cars—otherwise known as autonomous vehicles—promise increased travel safety, efficiency and accessibility. But how will this affect economic development, land use and the environment? How will these vehicles function in highly complex urban areas? How will they impact life in cities where bikes, buses and pedestrians share the streets? How will they function in a range of contexts including downtown areas, suburbs and rural areas? What policies will help ensure AVs improve the quality of life for all, not some? The Metropolitan Planning Council, the Environmental Law & Policy Center, and the Shared Use Mobility Center present a series of events to generate discussion and begin to address these questions.

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Metropolitan Planning Council 140 S. Dearborn St.
Suite 1400
Chicago, Ill. 60603
312 922 5616

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