Preparing For A Future of Smart Mobility Requires Coordination Now, Experts Say

  • Author: Steve Tarter
  • Source: WCBU
  • Date: 03/13/2020

"Preparing for the transportation needs of the future—whether through autonomous vehicles, electric power or ride-sharing—is going to require coordination.

That was the theme of the meeting held at the Gateway Building in Peoria Thursday, the second in a series of three statewide workshops held by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Illinois Department of Transportation. The first workshop was hosted last month by State Farm Insurance in Bloomington.

“This is not just about autonomous vehicles,” said Jerry Quandt, executive director of the Chicago-based Illinois Autonomous Vehicles Association and the meeting’s moderator. “It’s about our total transportation system in this state, making sure we have the right infrastructure in place. We want to document what’s happening in Illinois as we look at the connectivity that needs to be in place."

“We want to identify projects and priorities,” said Quandt, adding that a public report would be issued following the third workshop. "

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