Building the Future of Transportation: Keynote by Kristin White at AutoSens USA 2024

As we stand on the cusp of a transportation revolution, one name stands out in the forefront of advancement: Kristin White, Chief Counsel to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). At AutoSens USA 2024, White will deliver a closing keynote that promises to illuminate the path toward a safer, more efficient, and sustainable transportation future. Find out more about it here.

In today’s world, technology plays an increasingly pivotal role in shaping the way we move and connect. The mission of the Department of Transportation (DOT) is clear: to deliver the world’s leading transportation system, serving the American people and economy through safe, efficient, sustainable, and equitable movement of people and goods. At the heart of this mission lies innovation, a core value that drives the DOT’s work forward. 

White’s keynote will explore the critical role of technology and innovation in advancing the strategic goals of the DOT. From enhancing safety and bolstering economic strength to fostering global competitiveness and promoting equity, technology stands as a cornerstone in achieving these objectives. 

Connectivity, automation, advanced sensing, and artificial intelligence (AI) are not just buzzwords; they represent the tools that will propel us toward a future where road fatalities are eliminated—a key aim of the Vision Zero initiative—and where transportation is more efficient, sustainable, and accessible for all. 

During her keynote, White will provide an overview of the FHWA’s groundbreaking research and priorities. Moreover, attendees will gain insights into discretionary grant opportunities aimed at funding these advancements. This discussion is not merely about theory; it’s about tangible action and collaboration. White will shed light on how the FHWA is working hand in hand with other agencies and partners to support the deployment of cutting-edge technologies. 

However, the journey toward a tech-driven transportation future is not one that can be traversed alone. Critical partnerships and robust public engagement are indispensable elements in this equation. White will underscore the importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors in advancing technology and innovation. 

AutoSens USA 2024 attendees can expect to leave White’s keynote with a deeper understanding of the transformative potential of technology in transportation. More importantly, they will be equipped with the knowledge and insights needed to actively contribute to shaping the future of mobility. 

In a world where every journey begins with a single step, White’s keynote represents a leap forward—a leap toward a future where transportation is not just a means of getting from point A to point B but a catalyst for progress and prosperity. Join us as we build the future of transportation, one innovation at a time.

Article written by Jenny Rust, Head of Content at Sense Media

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