Greetings, ASCE Members!
UT Professor Kara Kockelman* is conducting research in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), and is excited to invite ASCE members and their technical expertise to CAV discussion groups. The focus groups will be conducted to understand participant’s perceptions around automated and connected vehicles, specifically opportunities in infrastructure decisions, city and regional planning, transport and related policy, and economic benefits and barriers.
Dr. Kockelman would like to tap into ASCE member’s expertise and likely interest in such fields. AVs & CVs may bring significant differences in traffic patterns and travel times, roadway safety, traveler convenience, and, possibly, emissions and air quality. It is important to get civil engineering leaders talking now.
Dr. Kockelman has contracted focus group experts at Austin’s Think Group to lead the discussions, and their staff can arrange to schedule interested citizens with some transportation or engineering expertise into the meetings. (12 persons in each time slot: 12:30 pm) We will also have researchers, including a technical expert and urban planners, on hand to assist in the discussions, as detailed questions emerge. We will provide a meal, to keep everyone’s energy up!
We are hoping to confirm focus group participants as soon as possible. We’ve struggled booking contacts provided by local MPOs. If you are particularly interested in the discussion topics and would like to reserve a spot, please contact Roshni Patel, at
& 512-637-6153 by Friday of this week.
Austin Area’s Focus Group Meetings
When: 2-hour sessions, Tuesday, May 19, 12:30-2:30 pm
Where: 6633 E. Hwy. 290, Ste. 201, Austin, TX 78723
San Antonio Area Focus Group Meetings
When: 2-hour sessions, Thursday, May 21,12:30-2:30 pm
Where: AAMPO offices, 825 South St. Mary’s, San Antonio, TX 78205
We really look forward to hearing your ideas on what opportunities and challenges lie ahead, for the Austin and San Antonio region – its communities, residents, businesses, and public agencies. Please do join us.
Thank you for your time. We look forward to seeing you next week!