Insights into Why and How Cities are Planning for Autonomous Vehicles

Presentation | October 18 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Online

 Daniel Chatman, Associate Professor of City & Regional Planning, UC Berkeley, College of Environmental Design

 Institute of Transportation Studies

This webinar is the first in a series being organized by the UC Institute of Transportation Studies (UC ITS) to highlight and discuss the results from research projects funded by the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (Senate Bill 1). Established in 1947 by the California Legislature, the UC ITS has four branches located at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Irvine, and UCLA.

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are being widely tested and piloted to carry passengers and freight. When these vehicles will be deployed more broadly and integrated into our current transportation system is debatable. However, a handful of cities across the nation are starting to incorporate AVs into policy conversations and planning activities. These “early adopter” cities are providing insight into the evolving role local policy will have in shaping AV use and deployment in communities. 

This webinar will feature a presentation from UC Berkeley Professor Daniel Chatman featuring new research exploring the motivation of “early adopter” cities engaged in AV testing, regulation, and planning. Professor Chatman will share high-level findings from in-depth interviews with individuals on the frontlines of AV planning and policymaking at the local level supplemented by an extensive review of policy and planning documents. He will also discuss the implications of this research on future AV policy making at varying levels of government.

You can learn more about the research presenting in this webinar by reading the full report “Autonomous Vehicles in the United States: Understanding Why and How Cities and Regions Are Responding” authored by Professor Daniel Chatman and Marcel Moran with UC Berkeley. Download the report at:


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