Webinar: USDOT Offers Free Introductory Webinar on Automated Vehicles

Date: March 30, 2017Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Automated vehicles, also known as driverless or self-driving vehicles, could fundamentally change our nation's roadways. These vehicles have the potential to bring significant benefits, including reduced vehicle crashes and increased mobility for those who are unable to drive. Automated vehicles may also alter the way drivers, pedestrians, cities, and local agencies interact with the transportation system. As a result, it is important that public agencies have a clear understanding of this technology and its capabilities.

Learning Objectives

Attendees of this webinar can expect to learn about:

  • Basics of automated vehicle technologies and applications
  • Differences between connected, automated, autonomous, and connected-automated vehicles
  • Current USDOT initiatives related to automated vehicles
  • Potential issues of interest for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and its state and local partners.
Host and Moderator

Martin Knopp, FHWA's Associate Administrator for Operations, will serve as the host of this webinar. Anita Kim, Technology Policy Analyst for the USDOT's Volpe Center, will moderate.


  • Brian Cronin is the Director of the Office of Operations Research and Development at FHWA. Mr. Cronin provides executive leadership and guidance for improving and advancing transportation operations-related technologies and innovations through research, development, and testing. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Cronin served for 8 years as the ITS Research Team Leader in the ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). In this position, he provided strategic leadership and direction in the development of ITS solutions to improve transportation mobility, safety, and the environment.
  • Carl K. Andersen is a Connected Vehicle Program Manager at FHWA. Mr. Andersen provides overall coordination of FHWA efforts to develop vehicle-to-infrastructure systems, including enabling technologies, applications, and policies to stimulate and support deployment of the systems. He also serves as a central point of contact for FHWA on connected and automated vehicle activities, and leads efforts to develop a FHWA Automated Vehicle Vision Statement.