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  • Perhaps one of the greatest innovations in transportation is the development of connected and autonomous vehicles. In reaction to this new technology, UTRC2 organized the first annual Connected Vehicle Test-Bed Development & Integration Workshop held at the University at Buffalo in Buffalo, NY on June 1, 2012, the 2nd Connected and Self-driven Vehicles Symposium held at Rutgers University in Piscataway, NJ on June 17-18, 2013 and 3rd Connected & Autonomous Vehicle Conference held at SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Albany, NY on November 5-6, 2014.

    Due to the success of these three conferences, UTRC2 is planning the 4th Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Symposium to be held at the SUNY Polytechnic Institute (SUNY Poly) in Albany, NY on December 2, 2015.

    The age of connected and autonomous vehicle deployments are upon us.  This Symposium will offer public transportation policy makers, public transportation operating agency executives, university researchers and industry representatives across the Internet of Things (IoT) universe of devices, connectivity and big data that offer vehicle related products or services the opportunity to hear directly from leaders in industry, university and government (IUG) that are contributing to significant connected and autonomous deployments.

    Speakers will highlight the successful effort to align IUG through the Strategic Market Alignment of Roadway Technologies (SMART) Consortium strategy to generate real world connected and autonomous vehicle deployments as a pathway to realize the value of the $10 trillion IoT next industrial revolution.

    New York continues to expand its nano-corridor of research facilities to support the development and commercialization of IoT.  In 2015, accomplishments include the $650 million photonics center in Rochester and the $2 billion power electronics investments in the Mohawk Valley and Albany.  This adds to the $20 billion already invested in SUNY Poly making it the largest public private partnership in the nation.

    Representatives from industry will detail how innovations in the IoT universe of devices, connectivity and big data are providing the technology pathways for sustainable development of connected and autonomous vehicles.

    As IoT applications becomes more mature automotive companies are deploying new technology in vehicles that dramatically improve safety and mobility.  Representatives from the auto industry will provide an overview of what connected and autonomous technology has been introduced in the marketplace or is soon on its way.

    With this technology transformation upon us New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) is preparing for the largest connected vehicle deployment in the United States.  NYCDOT representatives will describe these plans and provide details on the technology architecture being contemplated.  New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) will also detail its suburban and rural connected vehicle pilot deployment proposal.

    Finally, live demonstrations of autonomous vehicles with emphasis on benefits to public transportation will be offered at the end of the day.  For example, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) has developed an autonomous vehicle that follows temporary work zones to protect road construction workers.

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