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FHWA National Dialogue on Highway Automation
Detroit, MI
June 7, 2018

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National Dialogue Launch Workshop Agenda
June 7, 2018, Cobo Center, Detroit, Room 310B

Time (ET)

Agenda Item


7:30 PM

Registration & Sign-In

No Value

8:00 AM

Welcome and Overview of Dialogue Objectives

Martin Knopp, Associate Administrator
FHWA Office of Operations

Mala Parker, Associate Administrator
FHWA Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs

8:15 AM

Overview of Federal Highway Administration Activities

John Harding
Connected/Automated Vehicles and Emerging Technologies Team
FHWA Office of Operations

8:25 AM

National Organizations Panel
National organizations discuss key topics and issues related to highway automation, their roles, and their stakeholder perspectives

Facilitated by Valerie Briggs, Director
FHWA Office of Transportation Management

  • Joe Barr, Director of Transportation, City of Cambridge, MA
  • Steve Gehring, Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation, Global Automakers
  • Jill Ingrassia, Managing Director, Government Relations and Traffic Safety Advocacy, AAA
  • Russ Martin, Director of Government Relations, Governors Highway Safety Association
  • Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan DOT

9:25 AM

Small Group Session 1
Issues and Challenges for Highway Automation

  • Identify key issues and challenges for highway automation and FHWA stakeholders
  • Inform future Dialogue topics

All Participants

10:20 AM


No Value

10:30 AM

Remarks and Introduction of Keynote

Shailen Bhatt, CEO, ITS America

10:35 AM


Finch Fulton, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy
USDOT – Office of the Secretary

10:50 AM

Small Group Session 2
Developing New Models for Partnering: Bringing Industry, Government, and Associations Together

All participants

11:45 AM

Next Steps for the National Dialogue

All Participants

12:00 PM

Lunch (on your own)

No Value

1:00 PM

Open Discussion

Facilitated by Valerie Briggs, Director
FHWA Office of Transportation Management

2:00 PM

Adjourn to ITSA Annual Meeting Plenary Session

All Participants

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