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An Autonomous Vehicle, an Elevator, and a Robot Walk Into a Bar… -Richard Bishop

An Autonomous Vehicle, an Elevator, and a Robot Walk Into a Bar…..

by Richard Bishop

Richard brings a perspective from over 20 years in the automated vehicles biz. Having led USDOT’s Automated Highway System program in the 90’s, he runs a global consultancy centered on intelligent / connected / automated vehicles. Following a string of highly respected Meetup speakers, his biggest challenge is to find a fresh angle! He has opted to talk about today’s world and tomorrow’s world. How do we automate the current system? And once we do, how does the world change? And what does this mean for us?

As usual, food at 6pm, talk starts at 6:30pm, ends at 7:30pm.

Detailed Bio:

A respected industry consultant, Richard Bishop focuses on the big picture and connects the right people together.  He specializes in the domain of intelligent / connected / automated vehicles, including cars, heavy trucks, and buses.  His clients count on him in two key strategic areas:  a) to understand the complex system, technical, and societal forces in play in both the public and private sectors to enable better research investments, and b) to cultivate highly effective partnerships.  He analyzes global trends, develops research strategy, and facilitates partnerships and collaborations for a wide rage of vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, technology firms, and government agencies around the world.  He has been widely quoted in industry and popular press for his perspective on the rapidly evolving world of connected and automated vehicles.

Specific current activities include supporting USDOT in cross-governmental collaborations with Europe and Japan on both connected and automated vehicles; serving as Vehicle Automation Expert for the large trade group Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International; conducting industry analyses for Nissan, Honda, and others; and serving on the program committee for the Automated Vehicles Symposium this summer in San Francisco and the Intelligent Transportation Systems World Congress in Detroit this fall.  Recently, he was selected by the American Trucking Association’s Technology and Maintenance Council to chair their new task force on Automated Connected Trucking.

Mr. Bishop was invited by the Society of Automotive Engineers to write the Autonomous Ground Vehicles chapter of their new book, Autonomous Technologies: Applications that Matter, which will be published in May 2014.  In 2008, Mr. Bishop was selected by the European Commission to produce a one-hour TV documentary, The Thinking Car, which is available for online viewing at  The documentary, produced in cooperation with H3B Media, has been seen by millions around the world, educating the public about crash avoidance technologies now available on many of today’s cars.   He also authored Intelligent Vehicle Technology and Trends (Artech House, 2005), which provides an extensive overview of intelligent vehicle systems. 

During 2007, Mr. Bishop worked with Ibeo Automotive in leading Team Lux in the DARPA Urban Challenge. 

From[masked], Mr. Bishop was Program Manager for Vehicle-Highway Automation at the USDOT Federal Highway Administration, following an initial ten-year stint at the Defense Department,.  He established and managed the National Automated Highway System Consortium, whose work culminated with Demo '97 in San Diego, successfully showcasing automated vehicle technology to stakeholders and the news media.  In 1997, he founded and continues to chair the International Task Force on Vehicle-Highway Automation, comprising public and private sector representatives worldwide to coordinate autonomous and cooperative automation R&D. 

Mr. Bishop holds a B.S.E.E.  from Auburn University, an M.S. Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University, and an M.A. in Transformative Leadership and Social Change from the TAI-SOPHIA Institute. 

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  • Alison C.

    Thanks, Greg, for posting the audio of this presentation, which I could not attend in person. Perhaps I'm missing something, but I believe that the advent of autonomous vehicles presents a huge opportunity for small businesses. At the low-level, autonomous vehicles will need entirely different user interfaces. No one knows yet what HMI an autonomous vehicle should have, what the HW of the driver controls should look like, and what data is relevant. The cybersecurity area has traditionally been a great one for consultants, and car security will assuredly be no different. Autonomy will mean new models in energy provision, maintenance and storage of vehicles. How will autonomous vehicles be tested and what records will be kept? Small businesses have abundant opportunities in all these areas.

    More broadly, there is no particular reason to believe that today's automakers will dominate the new world, and new industrial participants will look for new partners.

    1 · June 30, 2014

  • Steve L.

    This is kind of last minute, but the IEEE Consumer Electronics Society is meeting in Santa Clara tonight and the speaker may be of interest to Autonomous Vehicle Enthusiasts: "Curt Meyers is an Electrical Engineer at Suitable Technologies in Palo Alto, California... Curt was one of the first employees at Willow Garage where he worked on autonomous cars. The projects at Willow Garage quickly shifted from autonomous car to autonomous boat and then personal robotics... One thing turned into another and eventually Suitable Technologies was formed to create remote presence devices. Curt has been building robots since his early years at Purdue. This continued to Battlebots and even autonomous vehicles."

    For more info, or to sign up, go to the eventbrite site before 5:30pm:

    May 27, 2014

  • Gregory D.

    Glad you liked it. Wish I could've been there but it sounds like it went well. Barring any tech issues we will post the recording in about 2 weeks.

    April 9, 2014

  • luis d.


    April 10, 2014

  • Luther J.

    Excellent high-level overview. A very well organized tour through the ecosystem.

    April 10, 2014

  • Manav K.

    Will the video or slides be made available?

    3 · April 9, 2014

  • Bob C.

    Outstanding! While I would like some more technical lectures, don't miss on this type of high level briefing.

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Manav K.

    Fantastic Talk by Richard! Looking forward to more great talks and meeting fantastic people! Cheers!

    1 · April 9, 2014

  • Derrick B.

    Want be able to make it, working late tonight.

    April 9, 2014

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