Automated and Connected Vehicle Preparedness


Welcome, Introduction & Ground Rules

Course Introduction

Outcome: Clear understanding of the course outline and expected to learn objectives.

Context for Connected and Automated Vehicles

Outcome: Definitions for Connected and Automated Vehicles, Advanced Transportation Technology; Levels of Automation (SAE); and Primary Players (OEMs, tech companies, enabling efforts)

Integrating into Planning Process

  • Planning for Uncertainty
  • Scenario Planning


Infrastructure Impacts

  • Road Markings/Striping
  • Lane Width/Lane Geometry
  • Access issues, including parking and lane flows
  • Limited access lanes
  • V2I communications

System Impacts

  • Travel Demand Changes
  • Energy Consumption
  • Funding and Revenue

Land Use Impacts

  • Density and Sprawl
  • Urban renewal
  • New land uses (new and existing traffic generators)


Legal and Regulatory Impacts

  • Current Federal and State Activity
  • Vehicle Regulation and Safety
  • Cyber security and privacy
  • Equity Concerns

Scenario Planning

  • Highlights from the FHWA Guidebook
  1. Designing a Scenario Planning Process (Steps 1-8)
  2. Worksheet
  • Current 6 Scenarios for AV/CV

Planning for Uncertainty

  • Alternative Approaches
  • Regime Compliant / Regime Testing Pathways
  • Planning for Accessibility


Pulling it All Together

  • What Do Technologies mean for transportation planners
  • Resources Available for Planning

Outcome: Clear understanding of the resources that are available and the next steps

Questions and Answers



Mr. Bittner is ARA’s practice area lead for planning and policy and has an extensive background in transportation policy, asset and performance management, maintenance quality assurance, automated/connected vehicles, freight, and technology policy and planning. He is active with the Transportation Research Board (TRB), serving as a member and paper review coordinator of the Transportation Asset Management Committee and co-Chair for Conduct of Research (ABG10). He chairs the TRB Section on Research and Education and previously served as an adjunct faculty member in the Political Science department at Edgewood College, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in Public Administration and Political Science.  He served as a Senior Lecturer in the Transportation Management and Policy Program at the University of Wisconsin, teaching graduate-level courses on asset management, transportation finance, transportation safety, freight operations and management, and other topics. He has designed and instructed professional short courses in Transportation Asset Management, Planning for Transformational Technologies, and Public Policy.  He is currently the lead instructor and course designer for the National Academies of Sciences training program (16 courses) on research program management.  He also was the Executive Director of the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at the University of South Florida from 2012-2014.

Credit Hours

6 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

0.6 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs)