BALTIMORE, MD (6/8/16) — Wes Guckert, PTP, President & CEO of The Traffic Group, Inc. (TTG) – one of the nation’s leading traffic engineering and transportation planning firms – will be a featured speaker at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America’s (ITSA) annual conference, ITS America 2016, taking place in San Jose, California June 12-16.
Guckert will present on the topic of driverless and connected vehicles and the impact on smart cities – and the need to plan now for the future. Specifically, Guckert’s session will explain the implications of self-driving vehicles for land use planning, real estate, and community development.
Guckert predicts there will be 30% fewer cars on the road as a result of driverless vehicles. This also means that there will be a reduced need for parking. His presentation will highlight an example of a 1 million square foot retail center equipped with 5,000 parking spaces. If this particularly center could save 30% of the land used for parking – or 1,500 spaces – it would end up saving 15 acres of land. This scenario will likely occur all across the country once driverless vehicles begin appearing on U.S. roadways.
ITS America 2016 San Jose, a new show representing this transformative moment in intelligent transportation, is built around the theme “Integrated Mobility. Transportation Redefined.” Each day has its own focus, from new advances in technology to funding transportation projects through public-private partnerships, among others.