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Autonomous, Connected Vehicles and Smart Highways - Technology and Policy Implications

  • Oct 16, 2017 (2:00 - 4:00 pm CT; 1:00 - 3:00 pm MT) – Webinar

Course Description

Automobile and intelligent transportation system technology is evolving faster than government policy and regulations. This presentation will provide insights into opportunities and challenges for the consumer and transportation agencies as vehicular and infrastructure technology evolve. Topics to be covered:

  • Connected Vehicles
    • Projected Benefits
    • Communication/information exchange formats, architecture and standards
    • Real world testbed examples
    • Impacts to agencies
  • Automated Vehicles
    • Standard definitions
    • History and projected implementation
    • Market projections
    • Impacts – congestion, infrastructure, livability, policy
    • Current research
  • Shared Mobility Services
    • Definitions: ridesharing, carpooling, vanpooling, vehicle sharing, etc.
    • Anticipated growth and impacts to current industries – mass transit and air travel
    • Challenges & opportunities – accessibility, cost, regulations, multi-modal integration
  • Trends in Vehicular Electrification
  • Cybersecurity & Policy Discussion – tradeoffs of need versus privacy

The presentation will not drill too deeply into the technicalities of any one topic, but rather aim to guide thoughts into further trends.


Dr. Raj Bridgelall has a bachelors and master's degree in electrical engineering from Stony Brook University; and a doctorate in transportation and logistics from NDSU. He is the program director for NDSU-UGPTI's Center for Surface Mobility Applications & Real-time Simulation environments (SMARTSeSM). He has more than 140 patents issued or pending in the areas of advanced sensing, wireless communications, mobile computing, and decision support platforms, including their applications in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). Dr. Bridgelall has been an instructor in Analog and Digital Systems Design, Software Engineering, Intelligent Transportation Solutions, Adaptive Planning in Logistics Systems. Bridgelall recently completed a service analysis and optimization study for the Dubai Taxi Corporation, a subsidiary of the Dubai Roads and Transport Authority.

Target Audience

The presentation is designed to appeal to a broad audience of transportation professionals wishing to become educated on the various opportunities and challenges, including considerations of the potential impacts on decision-making, policy-making, transportation planning, and compliances with future regulations.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

More Info

The above resource and more can be accessed by visiting the TLN Learning Management System (LMS).

NDSU Dept 2880P.O. Box 6050Fargo, ND 58108-6050