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MPC Roundtable
Driverless Cars: The Public Sector's Role

November 2, 2017, 8 to 9 a.m. CT

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

Hosted by: Metropolitan Planning Council and the Environmental Law & Policy 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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In the past several months, autonomous vehicle (AV) regulations have been proposed in Chicago, Illinois and at the federal level. What policies on AVs should cities consider to capture the benefits of this transformational technology and address all its impacts?

We invite you to join the Metropolitan Planning Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Center for a roundtable discussion on Thursday, November 2, featuring experts discussing policies to make AVs work well for cities and the people in them. 

Roundtable Panelists:

  • Mary Wisniewski (moderator), Transportation Reporter and Getting Around Columnist, Chicago Tribune
  • Mollie Pelon, Technology and City Transportation Program Manager, National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)
  • Art Pearce, Policy Planning and Projects Group Manager, City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation

The cost of the event is $15 for MPC & ELPC donors and students with a current ID, $30 for all others. Doors open promptly at 7:30 a.m. A continental breakfast will be served; please indicate any dietary restrictions when you register.

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About the Series
Driverless cars—otherwise known as autonomous vehicles (AVs)—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 on highways? What policies will help ensure AVs improve the quality of life for all, not some? The Metropolitan Planning Council and the Environmental Law & Policy Center present a series of events to generate discussion and begin to address these questions.

  • The Public Sector's Role (November 2, 2017)
  • Envisioning the City of the Future (Winter 2018)
  • Is Our Infrastructure Ready? (Spring 2018)

MPC thanks Wight & Company for their generous sponsorship of this series.

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

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