Smart Mobility Summit educates stakeholders and partners on latest developments

About 200 local government leaders, public transit operators and planning agency representatives learned about the latest in advanced transportation technologies and applications at a Feb. 8 event in Columbus.

Sponsored by DriveOhio, the “Smart Mobility Summit” featured speakers from as far away as the United Kingdom and spanned a range of all things smart mobility.

“This was an opportunity for some of our key partners and potential partners to hear about new developments in smart mobility and challenges to implementing smart city technologies and roadway infrastructure,” said DriveOhio Executive Director Jim Barna. “Bringing transportation, planning and policy leaders together in one room is a way to foster the collaboration we’ll need to continue Ohio’s leadership in this area.”

Presenters included:

  • Richard Threlfall, partner and global head of infrastructure for KPMG in the UK. Threlfall provided a perspective on the readiness of the United States and other countries to implement autonomous vehicle technology.
  • Mike Stevens, the city of Columbus’s chief innovation officer. Stevens gave an overview of the work the Smart Columbus initiative is doing to develop an integrated operating system for the collection and use of smart transportation data.
  • Brad Thoburn, vice president, planning, development and innovation for the Jacksonville (Florida) Transportation Authority. Thoburn educated attendees on Jacksonville’s automated monorail system.
  • Brandon Policicchio, chief customer and business development officer for the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority. Policicchio’s presentation on “Mobility as a Service” delved into the human need aspects of new transportation systems.
  • Mike Andrako, public service director for the city of Marysville. Andrako educated attendees about the Smart Marysville initiative to build a fully connected city.
  • Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission. Cole spoke about turnpike technology developments and the Smart Belt Coalition consisting of Ohio, Pennsylvania and Michigan.
  • Fred Judson, interim director of ODOT’s Ohio Indiana UAS (unmanned aerial systems) Center. Judson gave an overview of the work the center is doing with respect to data collection, aerial applications, supply chain logistics, human transport and opportunities for partnerships.
  • Greg Giaimo, Ohio Department of Transportation Division of Planning. Giaimo updated attendees on efforts to enhance Ohio’s analysis capabilities for autonomous and connected vehicle simulation and travel demand modeling. The work is important to better understand future transportation infrastructure needs.

“The summit was a real success,” Barna said. “We hope to sponsor additional forums like this in the future to highlight both the research and application aspects of smart mobility in Ohio.”

DriveOhio is the state’s new center for smart mobility, bringing together dozens of public and private entities in the design, development, testing, use and regulation of autonomous and connected technologies.

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