2019 theme

Co-Chairs:
Michael Amiridis, Chancellor, UIC
Toni Preckwinkle, President, Cook County Board

2019 Theme

The wide-scale use of connected and autonomous vehicles, is increasingly closer to becoming a reality due to recent advances in automobile technology. Early studies in this segment of transportation research suggest a broad introduction of autonomous vehicles could deliver important economic advantages via less pollution, crash prevention, reduced travel time, fuel efficiency and parking benefits.

Even as the penetration of autonomous vehicles into the automobile market evolves, the technology is not fully understood and many other significant questions still remain.

How will these vehicles change society’s habits? Are government and transportation authorities prepared to make appropriate policy and investment decisions? In what transportation corridors will autonomous vehicles be implemented? How are automotive manufacturers and suppliers preparing for the impact of this shift by consumers? How will the introduction of autonomous vehicles impact parking and the built infrastructure?

The 2019 UIC Urban Forum will examine these and other uncertainties surrounding not only the societal and legislative impact of autonomous vehicles, but also the technological advances needed for these vehicles to proliferate. The featured expert panels and corresponding papers will also address many factors that impinge travel and movement – from licensing and regulation to funding and infrastructure – along with significant behavioral factors influenced by autonomous vehicles, which all need greater clarity before the introduction of autonomous vehicles can deliver a true paradigm shift in mobility and how people travel.