2017 SPPI Conference – The Coming Transportation Revolution and What it Means for Communities by Jeremy Finkleman
The Saskatchewan Professional Planners Institute (SPPI) will be hosting the 2017 Conference at the Ramada Plaza in Regina, September 18th and 19th. The theme of this year’s conference is “Intersecting Innovation”, which will focus on showcasing Saskatchewan’s contribution in being a catalyst for positive change in the planning profession and will showcase how planning can adapt, accommodate and capitalize on innovative changes occurring in our communities. Jeremy Finkleman, a Transportation Planner, who works from our Vancouver office, will be speaking on the 18th. Here is a synopsis of Jeremy’s presentation:
The Coming Transportation Revolution and What it Means 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).
For a listing of all the different conference presentations, read the program here.