Emerging Transportation Technologies — The Future is Now

Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road, Kansas City, Missouri

This workshop served as a primer on emerging technologies — such as smart infrastructure and autonomous vehicles — and their implications for our transportation systems. Presenters and panelists discussed current projects using these technologies and how local governments need to prepare to take full advantage of them.

Presenters and panelists:

Stephen Buckley most recently served as general manager of transportation services for the city of Toronto, responsible for all aspects of Toronto's transportation network, from streets, bridges, traffic signals and street signs, to sidewalks, boulevards, street furniture and right-of-way management. He led the city's scenario-based plan for autonomous vehicles.

Prior to that, he was director of policy and planning in the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities in Philadelphia.

View Stephen's presentation [PDF]


Ashley Z. Hand recently completed a fellowship as a transportation technology strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. In that role, she developed public policy, an action plan and pilot program recommendations for shared mobility, automated vehicles and other technologies.

Previously, Ashley served as the first chief innovation officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the country.

Ashley's highly-visual presentation focused on her work creating a transportation technology strategy for Los Angeles: Urban Mobility in a Digital Age


Local panelists:

  • Jameson Auten, chief of regional service delivery and innovation for the Kansas City, Missouri Area Transportation Authority.
  • Bob Bennett, chief innovation officer for the city of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Tom Blair, team leader for the Missouri Department of Transportation “Road to Tomorrow” initiative.
  • Brian Shields, city traffic engineer for the city of Overland Park.

Audience poll results

Event sponsors:

Presented in partnership with:
American Council of Engineering Companies of Kansas • American Council of Engineering Companies of Missouri • American Institute of Architects Kansas City
American Planning Association — Kansas City Metro Section • Automobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas City • Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Heartland Civic CollaborativeKansas City Area Development Council • Kansas City Institute for Transportation Engineers • Kansas Department of Transportation
Kansas Society of Professional Engineers • KC Rising • KC SmartPort • Missouri Department of TransportationUrban Land Institute - Kansas City

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