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    International Podcar City Conference comes to Las Vegas, USA

    July 27th, 2017


    International Podcar City Conference comes to Las Vegas, USA

    November 8-10 2017 in Las Vegas, USA 

    Eleventh annual event focuses on automated mobility for

    Smart City, Smart Transit, Smart Energy

    Press release – for immediate release

    San Jose, CA and Las Vegas, NV – July 27th 2017


    The Eleventh Annual International Podcar City Conference is set for Wednesday – Friday,

    November 8-10, at the City Hall of Las Vegas, NV. Podcar City will address the importance of

    automated mobility and on-demand operations pertaining to energy, cityscape, and livability.

    150-250 participants are expected, including city planners, transit planners, consultants,

    architects, engineers, investors, developers, elected officials, and academics. Podcar City is

    organized by the International Institute of Sustainable Transportation (INIST) of California and

    the Advanced Transit Association with support from the Mineta Transportation Institute, San

    Jose, CA,

    In parallel and culminating at Podcar City, the Urban International Design Contest (UIDC) has

    been organized to inspire municipalities and universities to think broadly about their transportation

    network. The UIDC takes place from July 1 until October 16 and connects students and city

    professionals with the goal to educate, inspire and motivate important stakeholders in how new

    modes of sustainable public transportation can be utilized in an urban environment. Independent

    judges will score each team on their presentation which must include Automated Transit Network

    technology (ATN) defined as self-driving vehicles at grade and/or a separate guideway which

    provides transportation for the general public, a real future city/urban project in need of transportation,

    and a 4D simulation model. Currently the cities of Sundbyberg, Jacksonville, Las

    Vegas, Gävle, Washington D.C and Perth are participating.

    Information about the conference and the design competition is available at and

    “Podcars are similar to the driverless trains we see at airports and other facilities around the

    world,” said Christer Lindstrom of INIST. “But these are built as smaller cars for about six to

    eight passengers. Initial systems are expected to fill the need for short trips or for connections

    between transit modes. We expect the technology to eventually evolve into larger systems such as

    the recently decided 1500 vehicle/100 kilometer system in Ajman, UAE. Elevated tracks will

    allow them to operate without impacting street traffic and autonomous public vehicles using

    existing roads are already deployed at various locations all over the world. Since the last

    conference there has been a tremendous increase in interest and investment in these


    The conference will open on Wednesday with a series of workshops and display of various

    vehicles and concepts.

    International speakers representing government, business, and professional organizations will

    come from across the U.S., France, Australia, Sweden, Italy, the UK, Mexico, China and the


    Sessions include:

    – Industry practice from around the world on autonomous transit systems

    – Mobility planning from several cities utilizing live virtual 4D models

    – Mobility as a Service (MaaS) & Automated Transit Networks (ATN)

    – Global trends and project developments

    – Smart city discussions including digital payment, and multimodal connectivity

    – New mobility and its relationship to sustainability, energy and climate

    – Safety and Security

    – Integration of sensoring and the Internet of Things (IoT)

    Matthew Lesh, formerly of the U.S Department of Transportation, is pleased to assist with the

    organization of Podcar City. “The initiative fits perfectly within our knowledge and experience

    on mobility services. Over the past several years we have seen a real convergence of Intelligent

    Transportation Systems (ITS), mobile technology, and automation. Ensuring that we use these

    technologies in a sustainable and meaningful way will have positive impacts not only on our

    transportation networks, but on society, providing more access, greater accessibility, and added


    The Mineta Transportation Institute in San Jose, California has been a long-term supporter of

    new, sustainable technologies that help address first and last mile challenges. “ATN’s are

    designed to reduce congestion, improve mobility, and mitigate negative environmental impacts.

    Such technology is a viable alternative in California as we prepare for the advent of high-speed

    rail” says Karen Philbrick, PhD, Executive Director of the Mineta Transportation Institute.

    Public Works Director David Bowers, City of Las Vegas;

    “The city is proud to host this conference as we continue to be on the cutting edge of developing

    safe practices that enable automated vehicle implementation, It is exciting to see these

    developments and technology finding a home in downtown Las Vegas in the heart of our

    Innovation District.”

    For information and to register, go to


    The International Institute of Sustainable Transportation (INIST) staff and partners have

    comprehensive skills and experience in the core disciplines needed to build mobility projects that

    dramatically improve quality of life – project management, general design, energy analysis,

    innovative transportation solutions, public outreach, and more. INIST does not compete with

    traditional consultancy studies. Rather, it provides conceptual designs in collaboration with

    students, professionals, and advisors. INIST establishes partnerships with top key professional

    organizations for best performance on all levels of a project – architects, developers, transit

    specialists, solar consultants, and virtual model providers.


    ATRA is a diverse group of people brought together by the common realization that the

    transportation systems of the past can not meet the transportation needs of the future, or even the

    present. As non-profit corporation, ATRA’s purpose is to encourage the development and

    deployment of advanced transportation systems that will benefit society.


    At the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University (SJSU) our mission is

    to increase mobility for all by improving the safety, efficiency, accessibility, and convenience of

    our nation’s’ transportation system through research, education, workforce development and

    technology transfer. We help create a connected world. MTI was founded in 1991 and is funded

    through the US Departments of Transportation and Homeland Security, the California

    Department of Transportation, and public and private grants. MTI is affiliated with SJSU’s Lucas

    College and Graduate School of Business.

    Media Contact:

    Christer Lindstrom                                            Diana Paul

    Director, INIST.                                                   City of Las Vegas

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