Connected + Autonomous Vehicles: New Policy + What's Ahead

How do you make sense of all of the activity surrounding connected and autonomous vehicles? Learn what is happening at the policy level and get an insider’s look at a real-world application of connected vehicle technology.

Making Sense of the New Automated Vehicle Policy
Congress, NHTSA/USDOT, and over 20 states are drafting or have passed policy on autonomous vehicles. It’s hard to keep it all straight. Kittelson’s Abby Morgan will simplify the regulatory text and present a breakdown of what is happening at the national level.

Connected Vehicle Technology: What’s Next?
What exactly are policy-makers legislating? Justin Neill of Traffic Technology Services (TTS) joins us to take a look at one cutting-edge technology that could be rolling soon on American Roads. Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA), a connected vehicle application that uses information on traffic light timings from a roadside unit to display to the driver the best speed to travel to get a green light, could decrease both fuel consumption and congestion in American cities and serve Vision Zero goals by reducing sudden and unsafe stops. But where does the money come from to install all these roadside units?

TTS has tackled this problem by developing a core system for GLOSA that predicts the next two signal switch times for each phase and disseminates this information over cellular or satellite networks directly to vehicles, eliminating the need for roadside units. Information can either be displayed on the car’s dashboard or communicated directly to the engine.

7:30 to 8:00 a.m. - Check-in/Breakfast
8:00 to 9:30 a.m. – TES Session
9:30 to 10:00 a.m. - Question & Answer

Participants will earn a total of 2.0 professional development hours (PDH) for attending this workshop.

There is no cost to attend this workshop and breakfast will be provided.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Norma Jensen at (503) 228-5230 or

We look forward to seeing you there!


Abby Morgan, PhD, PE Senior Engineer
Kittelson & Associates, Inc.

Abby Morgan manages Kittelson’s connected and automated vehicle projects. She leads the independent evaluation of the USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program in Tampa as part of the TTI Team. She also develops transportation policy across the country from Florida’s intersection control evaluation to Alaska’s weigh-in-motion plan. Abby has 10 years of experience in crash safety analysis, advanced vehicle technology, and policy development. Before joining Kittelson, Abby worked for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a rulemaking engineer. She led NHTSA’s agency-wide team that developed policy decisions on Automatic Emergency Braking Systems for light and heavy vehicles.

Justin Neill, Quality Control Manager
Traffic Technology Services

Justin Neill is responsible for managing the quality control systems that measure the quality of TTS' outgoing MAP and SPAT messages. MAP and SPAT messages are the core component of TTS flagship product, Personal Signal Assistant. This Personal Signal Assistant is a data product that has powered in-vehicle infotainment applications of automotive OEMs such as Audi and BMW. More notable is the Audi Traffic Light Information service, which is now live in cities in metro areas like Las Vegas, Dallas, the Bay Area and Portland. Recently, he is the technical lead on a research project sponsored by City of Ottawa, Transport Canada and Ontario Province; this project leverages TTS technology to provide an Android App for eco-approach and departure to change the commercial fleet driver behavior for better mobility, safety, and fuel consumption benefits. Justin is also involved in other research projects with TTS. He built a large-scale microscopic traffic simulation model utilizing various modeling techniques, and a series of tools that assist in model development, calibration and validation, and system analysis.

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