BC ITE Mini Conference – Tomorrow’s Transportation Revolution: Implication for Communities by Jeremy Finkleman
The BC chapter of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) will be hosting a mini-conference at the Kelowna Forum, November 9th. The theme of this year’s conference is “New Mobility – A Transportation Revolution” and our own Jeremy Finkleman, a Transportation Planner, who works from our Vancouver office, will be speaking at the event. Here is a synopsis of Jeremy’s presentation:
Tomorrow’s Transportation Revolution: Implication for Communities – Jeremy Finkleman
We are at the outset of a transportation revolution that rivals the advent of the streetcar in the late 19th century and the introduction of the automobile and construction of highway and freeway infrastructures in the 20th century. Advances in telecommunications and socio-behavioural shifts have already led to the exponential growth of New Mobility services such as carsharing, ridesourcing (i.e. Uber, Lyft), and bikesharing in larger cities, the impacts of which are only beginning to be understood.
Further, Autonomous Vehicle (AV) technology is rapidly emerging and is poised to represent a US$42 Billion global market by 2025. Currently all major auto manufacturers and tech giants such as Google and Uber are racing against one another to fine-tune the technology with vehicles already being trialed to varying degrees.
Amongst other implications, autonomous vehicles extend the freedom of personal mobility to those who cannot or are unwilling to drive; additionally, AVs could provide new mobility options for those without access to an automobile. Perhaps the most far-reaching implication, however, is how the technology will enable people to reclaim their time. Instead of driving, travellers could spend their travel time using their smart devices, preparing for meetings, or even sleeping. While this may be a boon on a personal level, collectively this may result in significantly greater pressure on roadways as individuals rethink whether it’s necessary to live within or near urban cores.
While the specifics of what the transportation system looks like in 25 years is ambiguous, what is eminently clear is that the way people will get around in 25 years will be very different from the way people are getting around today. This presentation will provide an overview of the state of the technology and explore implications for communities (both positive and negative).
You can reserve a ticket through Eventbrite here.
Jeremy is a transportation planner and new mobility specialist with a strong background in transportation business cases, traffic operational analysis, traffic modeling, multi-modal integrated planning studies and transportation impact assessments. He is pioneering a new practice area in car sharing, working and advising clients as to how best to leverage new mobility applications in pursuit of strategic goals. Over the past three years, Jeremy has spearheaded a process to develop 21st century tools to streamline transportation network assessments and planning, working in tandem with a global GPS firm to develop in-vehicle methods of operationalizing big data offerings to assess roadway delays, speeds, and traffic volumes. Additionally, Jeremy is co-leading Urban System’s nascent Automated Vehicle practice. Jeremy has a background in transit planning with experience in long range transit planning, service planning, and transit priority treatments. He has worked with clients across Western Canada.