TEDx Jacksonville speaker makes case for driverless cars ahead of Florida Automated Vehicles Summit

As FDOT prepares to host the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit in downtown Jacksonville and at JAXPORT Dec. 1-2, TEDx Jacksonville welcomes an internationally renowned expert in intelligent transportation systems to speak at their conference this Saturday. Jim Barbaresso According to his TEDxJacksonville speaker profile, Jim Barbaresso has more than 37 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, giving him a unique perspective on transportation challenges and how to overcome them. Throughout his career, Barbaresso has demonstrated leadership in the development and application of emerging technologies to enhance mobility and transportation safety. In recognition of Barbaresso’s career achievements and leadership in Intelligent Transportation Systems, he was selected to chair the 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, held last September in Detroit.

“Big changes on are the horizon for the driving public and those of us in the transportation industry,” said Barbaresso, HNTB national practice leader for intelligent transportation systems (ITS). “With automated and connected vehicles being integrated into the marketplace over the next decade, it is foreseeable that available roadway capacity can be greatly increased without adding another inch of pavement.”

“And, because automated and connected vehicles have faster reaction times and are not prone to distracted or impaired driving, there could be a tremendous decrease in vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities as well,” he added. “Florida is setting the bar for other states across the nation.”

The conference is sold out, but you can still watch Barbaresso’s talk livestreamed at the TEDxTalks YouTube. The TEDxJacksonville conference will stream live on Saturday, Oct. 24 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Barbaresso’s session begins at 12:45 p.m.

The third annual Florida Automated Vehicles Summit is a part of the proactive planning with various state agencies, local governments, MPOs, and the private sector to expedite implementation that will continue the energy around Florida as a national leader in applying automated transportation to help improve the quality of life for all residents and visitors. At last year’s summit in Orlando, 400 attendees represented six countries and 22 states. Online registration for the Dec. 1-2 event closes Nov. 16 at 5:00 p.m. To learn more, visit automatedfl.com.

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