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Smart Regions Congress: Panel on Intelligent Transportation, Systems & Infrastructure in Smart Regions
Transportation and Infrastructure planning proved to be a high-interest topic at the Smart Regions Congress held last month in Washington, DC.
Panelists talking on Intelligent Transportation, Systems, and Infrastructure in Smart Regions agreed on a central theme: that cities must support autonomous transportation in order to grow their economies and improve quality of life.
“We are out of parking spaces. The cost of another parking garage is not something our city or region can or should shoulder,” Walsh said.
The solution? Tapping into technology and intelligent resources to design infrastructure that supports autonomous transportation for individuals, groups and even fleets.
“Smart transportation is multi-modal. It gets people and products where they need to go to support our economy, solve congestion, reduce emissions and improve the social experience,” said Venture Smarter Co-founder, Zack Huhn.
Dave Barmore, a leader for Uber’s federal affairs team, described a mission to understand and improve the “future of the curb.”
Looking to Cincinnati as an example, Barmore said, "Cincinnati has more Fortune 500 companies per capita than New York City, Chicago, and LA. How can we offer all of these employers the tools to provide their employees an opportunity to commute more efficiently?" Uber has recently teamed up with the City of Cincinnati and regional partners for smart mobility lab efforts.
Gabe Klein, Co-founder of CityFi, agreed, "Single occupancy vehicles are bankrupting us. Our people, our communities and our government agencies."
"The future of transportation will put more focus on active transportation and less focus on parking,” Klein said. Learn more about Klein's thoughts at the Smart Regions Congress.
The panel agreed that considering the needs of people first and harvesting the vast volumes of available data are central to developing the smartest transportation solutions.
With safety being a core consideration as well, Jason Goldman said we can solve safety problems by reducing or even eliminating traffic injuries and fatalities. Goldman is Vice President, External Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement for Intelligent Transportation Society of America and you can learn more about his efforts here.
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