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U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

June 30, 2016


Secretary Foxx Looks Toward the Future of Transportation


Transportation connects people—and connections provide economic opportunity. The transportation community must own its role in closing opportunity gaps as we prepare for a “tsunami of change” in transportation and rethink how to deliver transportation.

That’s the message that U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx brought during his June 27 keynote address kicking off Volpe’s new speaker series, The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation.

Secretary Foxx speaks at the kickoff of The Future of Transportation series.
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Next in the Series

Emilio Frazzoli

"Autonomy and the Future of Urban Mobility"

Monday, July 11, 2016
12:00 - 12:45 p.m.

Self-driving vehicles are ubiquitous in the news today. Hardly a week goes by without some new media coverage of the technology.

Dr. Emilio Frazzoli, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and co-founder and chief technology officer of nuTonomy, will discuss recent advances in the design of autonomous vehicle systems, ranging from a single vehicle to a fleet capable of serving the mobility needs of a whole city. 

Register now.


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The Future of Transportation


a New Volpe Thought Leadership


We’re entering a transportation landscape rich with possibility, and full of challenges. The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation is bringing together top innovators who are thinking beyond the horizon about the big issues defining transportation in the 21st century.

From driverless cars to unmanned deliveries to smart cities, innovation and new technologies are key to the future of a safe, reliable transportation system that helps more Americans reach economic opportunity. The Future of Transportation advances the ongoing conversation started by U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s framework for the future, Beyond Traffic 2045.

Learn more about the series.

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Volpe’s Beyond Traffic Speaker Series Final Report

Volpe’s Beyond Traffic 2045: Reimagining Transportation speaker series brought together nine top thinkers in business, technology, and transportation to discuss their visions for a safe and efficient transportation future.

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Series Speakers and Dates 

The Future of Transportation: Safety, Opportunity, and Innovation
features the following distinguished speakers:

Anthony Foxx, U.S. Transportation Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (Monday, June 27, 2016).

Emilio Frazzoli, PhD, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT and co-founder and chief technology officer of nuTonomy (Monday, July 11, 2016).

Jeff Risom, partner and managing director at Gehl Studio in the U.S. (Friday, September 9, 2016).

Dave Vos, head of Google X’s Project Wing drone delivery program (Date to be announced).

Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities (Thursday, September 15, 2016).

A special joint panel on urban mobility with Robin Chase, co-founder and former CEO of ZipCar and founder of Veniam, and Anthony Townsend, PhD, senior research scientist at New York University, facilitated by Mark K. Dowd, deputy assistant secretary for Research and Technology at the U.S. Department of Transportation (Thursday, September 29, 2016).

Mark Rosekind, PhD, administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (Date to be announced).

J. Christian Gerdes, PhD, U.S. DOT chief innovation officer (Thursday, October 6, 2016).

Daniel L. Doctoroff, chairman and CEO of Sidewalk Labs (Friday, October 21, 2016).

Edward Glaeser, PhD, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University (Wednesday, October 26, 2016).

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