Caltrans' Connected Car and Autonomous Vehicle Plans

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Speaker: Greg Larson, Chief, Office of Traffic Operations Research, Caltrans Division of Research, Innovation and System Information

Automated vehicles have been promised to all of us since the World’s Fair in 1939, but they have never been closer to reality than they are today.  While serious research on vehicle automation has been going on nearly 30 years, Google’s recent successes have reinvigorated public interest in the topic, and the technology seems to be marching toward inevitable commercial availability.  As the representative of a large transportation infrastructure owner and operator, Caltrans, Greg Larson will talk about the impacts of vehicle automation on the overall transportation system, some of the remaining societal and institutional challenges, and the importance of coupling automated vehicles with connected ones.

Greg Larson has worked for Caltrans for more than 23 years, first as a Research Engineer at the Transportation Laboratory, then as a Senior Electronics Engineer and an Engineering Manager. Before joining Caltrans, He spent eight years working for the United States Air Force as a System Engineer for electronic warfare systems. Greg is responsible for managing and overseeing the efforts of a professional technical staff performing research in the area of Intelligent Transportation Systems, with the Division of Traffic Operations and various Districts as their primary customers. He also serves as one of the AASHTO representatives on the national Connected Vehicle Deployment Coalition.  Greg has a bachelor's and master's degree in EE from Cal State University, Sacramento and is licensed as a Professional Electrical Engineer in the state of California.


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  • Laura R.

    Another interesting and informative event!

    1 · October 7

  • Alison C.

    Thanks again to Greg Larson for an informative presentation that managed to cover both the latest news and the history of the technical field.

    1 · October 7

  • Alison C.

    Attendees, please note the schedule for tomorrow night's event:

    6:30 pm Pizza and networking. Thanks to Nissan for underwriting refreshments.

    7 pm Brief announcements, then formal presentation.

    October 6

  • Dean L.

    This page is showing that "RSVPs closed"??

    July 17

    • Alison C.

      Registration is closed because it isn't yet open. Nissan is hosting the event, so registration will also be available through the Silicon Valley Autonomous Vehicle Enthusiasts, with whom we will be coordinating. Opening the registration too early encourages people to sign up and then no-show. I feel bad, Dean, when people like you who truly intend to attend get shut out by irresponsible people who sign up for everything.

      July 17

    • Dean L.

      Ah ok. Although I just realized I have another meetup on the same night up in SF on UAS (ie: 'drones') regulations, that I should attend. Thus will be missing this one.

      Looking forward to the Sept-8 talk on mission critical software!

      July 17

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