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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
July 19, 2017 1:00 - 2:30 ET Regulatory, Policy, and Planning Issues and Needs for Truck Automation The development and deployment of automated trucks is quickly becoming one of the most closely examined developments in the trucking industry, both from the carriers' perspective and the government's perspective.  It is unclear how long it will take for driving technology assisted trucks to become commonplace on U.S. highways, but it appears likely these trucks will become common at some point in the future.  However, while there is an increasing amount of research being done on automated trucks and strong interest from many stakeholders in learning about these technologies, there has been relatively little research conducted on the regulations, policies, and planning issues that will be needed to guide the development of driving technology assisted trucks.  Such research will be critical in ensuring the positives of deploying such trucks are maximized and the negatives are minimized.

This webinar will examine various perspectives on the policies, regulations, and planning considerations governments can implement to appropriately manage truck carriers' gradual deployment of automated trucks.
Automated Trucks and Public Policy: Implementation Challenges and Opportunities
This presentation will provide an overview of the existing and emerging freight regulatory, planning, policy, and operational environments and challenges for autonomous truck technologies.  It will identify public and private sector barriers to, and opportunities for implementation of these technologies in freight operations.
  • Larry O'Rourke, ICF

Automated Commercial Motor Vehicles: Potential Driver and Vehicle Safety Impacts
This presentation will discuss the interface between automated truck technologies, the driver and vehicle safety.  Truck automation technologies raise many questions on how to best create new regulatory and enforcement approaches appropriate for the technology.

  • Brian Routhier, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Autonomous Vehicle Impacts on the Trucking Industry
This presentation will discuss how autonomous vehicles will affect the trucking industry's top concerns, including the hours of service regulations, driver shortages, and driver health and wellness.  A number of potential public sector impediments to autonomous truck deployment, including poor infrastructure quality, uncertainties related to tort law, and the possible need for federal preemption are also discussed.

  • Dan Murray, American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI)

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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