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Symposium Will Examine How To Deploy Autonomous Vehicles in New York City 

University Research Center C2SMART and NYC’s Department of Transportation will bring together experts to discuss real-world impacts and challenges.


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As autonomous and connected vehicles inch nearer to reality, the implications in New York for government policy, land use, taxi fleets, pedestrians and everyday drivers and passengers will be explored in depth at a symposium open to all on Oct. 23-24.

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The New York City Symposium on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles will be hosted at the Downtown Brooklyn campus of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering by the C2SMART Center, a Tier 1 U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center led by NYU Tandon. This year’s conference is supported by the New York City Department of Transportation and the Intelligent Transportation Society of New York.

The symposium will bring together engineers, land-use planners, policymakers, industry representatives, agency staff, academic researchers, and others to address the challenges involved in the real-world deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology in the city.


The symposium will feature updates on New York City’s Connected Vehicle Project, including C2SMART’s work on an app to assist visually impaired pedestrians. Panel discussions will address steps to deployment, data and cybersecurity concerns, urban land use impacts, policy and legal issues, economic impacts and driver and pedestrian safety.

The event’s agenda features a range of prominent voices from industry, government, and academia. Steven Shladover of the University of California Berkeley PATH Program and one of the earliest researchers in the autonomous vehicle field, will deliver the keynote address, “Practical Challenges to Deploying Highly Automated Vehicles. Panels will include New York City agency representatives; researchers from NYU, the City University of New York, Princeton University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and other schools; and leaders from transportation and technology companies.


In addition, a startup showcase will feature pitches from leading mobility entrepreneurs to a panel of industry innovators. Any startup with an original mobility idea with strong market potential in New York is invited to apply.

The symposium is free of charge but seating is limited and registration is required at