Preparing the Infrastructure of the Future Why the Infrastructure of Today Can't Support the Cars of Tomorrow

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Course Overview

Learn how to identify the difference between short and long term CV/AV strategies.

  • Basic needs for the short term strategies:
    • GIS
    • Asset Inventory
    • Performance Metrics
    • Management Systems (pavement, operations, safety, etc
  • Highlight/demonstrate the system components that make up the management systems
    • Training
    • Employee Retention


Who Should Attend?

Who Should Attend?

  • Transportation civil engineers and planners
  • Transportation system managers, programmers, and operators
  • Information technology
  • GIS

Course Outline

Day 1

  • A vision for the future of mobility with Connected, and Autonomous Vehicles - Where do we want to go?
    • SAE Levels of Driving Automation (J3016)
  • History of CV/AV - Where did we come from?
  • Current industry landscape, vehicle/infrastructure components, standards, and regulations – Where are we now?
    • Industry landscape
    • Vehicle technologies – sensors, computers, algorithms
    • Infrastructure technologies – sensors, communications, algorithms
    • Regulation – examples of known issues with AV deployments, USDOT AV 3.0
  • Short versus long term perspective/goals/strategies - How do we get to vision?
  • A vision for planning, and implementation of a CV/AV maturity model
  • History and examples of maturity models in similar realms
  • Homework: Organization Maturity Assessment Worksheet

Day 2

  • Brief recap of Day 1 information
  • Overview of the maturity model framework – levels, critical dimensions, and examples
    • Make parallels (process safety engineer)
    • Use worksheet to locate attendee organization maturity on the model
    • Include further discussion about the model and how it may apply to attendees’ organizations
  • Strategies for transitioning between various levels of the CV/AV Maturity Model
  • Wrap up
    • Ongoing activities in the CV/AV industry – What’s going on?
    • Examples of tech/pilot programs/ car
    • How/where to find additional information


Tom Hershberger

Tom Hershberger is the Director of Marketing and Sales for Mandli Communications, Inc., technology solutions company.

Mandli develops large-scale data collection, analysis, and processing systems that support a variety of industries, including state DOTs, engineering firms, and city and county road and highway departments. One of Mandli Communications’ goals is to reduce traffic deaths to zero by converting vast information into actionable intelligence. The company is also active in helping assess and digitize potential solutions for autonomous vehicles.

Tom is a customer-focused marketing leader with expertise in maximizing value across multiple industries and channels. He has broad functional experience in marketing, sales, product innovation, and strategic planning, with demonstrated success with Fortune 100 and smaller entrepreneurial organizations. Tom holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering, an MBA in Marketing, and a M.S. in Biotechnology. He also serves as an adjunct professor for MBA-Level Marketing and Sales courses.

Eric Nutt

Eric Nutt is the Chief Technology Officer for Mandli Communications, Inc., a high-tech solutions company developing large-scale data collection and processing systems that support our State DOTs in their mission to reduce traffic deaths to zero by converting vast information into actionable intelligence. Before taking on the challenges of strategic planning at Mandli Communications, Eric oversaw the research and development of data collection vehicles and data processing software -- leveraging his Electrical Engineering and Computer Science degrees from UW-Madison to establish Mandli Communications, Inc. as the leader of large-scale network data collection and delivery projects across the country. More recently, Eric has been heavily involved in Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology development and advocacy, including partnering with the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds, supporting the SAE Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Journal as an Associate Editor, and giving presentations across the country about CAV challenges and opportunities.

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