Disruptive Technologies Part 1: Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

11 June 2016 Written by   Published in Break-Out Sessions

Session Description

As we plan for the future of our region and its communities, we need to understand the shape of the trends and forces that will come to the forefront. Recent events in technology have led many to believe that the future may look much different. In this first session regarding the possible effect of “disruptive” technologies, we will take a look at mobility and transportation – ride sharing and autonomous vehicles and how they may affect the future of urban transportation. Transportation systems are considered to be the “backbone” in which our regional form is based, and ultimately dramatic changes in these systems may have profound effects on our future, regional, urban form.


Jeff HarrisJeff Harris, Planning Director, Utah Department of Transportation

Jeff has worked in the transportation field for over 25 years. His areas of focus include long-range planning, systems planning, and transportation funding and finance. Jeff is currently the Planning Director for the Utah Department of Transportation. Prior to joining UDOT, he worked for HNTB Corporation as the Intermountain District Leader, Fehr & Peers as a project manager, and for the Utah Transit Authority in various positions including Deputy Chief for Asset Management and Business Development and Manger of Planning and Programing. Jeff holds a BS in Economics and an MBA, both from the University of Utah. When he is not working, eating or sleeping, Jeff is training on his road bike.

BlaineLeonardBlaine Leonard, P.E., D.GE., Pres.10.ASCE, Intelligent Transportation Systems Program Manager, Utah Department of Transportation

Blaine Leonard is employed by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) in Salt Lake City, where he is the Program Manager for Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS). In this role, he is responsible for planning and building ITS elements around the state. He also leads the planning for connected and automated vehicles, including anticipating the impacts those technologies on the Department. He chairs the AASHTO Connected and Automated Vehicle Working Group and is a member of the Executive Committee of the Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC). Prior to joining the Department, Blaine spent 20 years in the consulting engineering Business, including 10 years as a partner at Van Boerum and Frank Associates.