The City of San Francisco is the birthplace of the technology transportation movement, the home of Silicon Valley and all things high-tech, and a world leader in shared mobility, sustainable transportation and mobility management. As the host of IATR's 29th Annual Conference, the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will serve as our hub, showcasing its unique multi-modal transit management and regulatory approach. After almost five (5) years of unprecedented smartphone transportation technology disruptive events, IATR regulators will return to the West Coast and Ground Zero of the Transportation Network Company (TNC) genesis.
The 2016 IATR conference in San Francisco will be held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square, from Thursday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 25th. More details will be available on the IATR website soon. http://iatr.global
The theme of IATR's 29th Annual Conference is "21st Century Transportation Regulation - A Vision for Shared Mobility, Multi-Modal Integration & Governance." The SFMTA, which has proven to be a successful experiment in the integration of taxicab regulation into a larger agency that manages multiple transit modes, including buses, subways, bicycles, and traffic management. A true transportation hybrid entity, the SFMTA was ahead of the curve in terms of being ready for the sweeping technology changes that have brought regulatory approaches and competing or diverse transit modes together under one planning and management roof. SFMTA, at this critical time in transportation history, is the perfect host and case study for new and future regulatory models.
This conference is expected to center on high technology developments central to the evolution of 21st century taxicab and for-hire vehicle services. Topics will include the replacement or metamorphosis of the taximeter, autonomous and connected vehicles, Vision Zero safety technology developments, and on-board diagnostics. The use of smartphone technology platforms, aggregation services and integrated technology solutions will be examined, and the most current developments shared with conference attendees.
The establishment of the City of San Francisco involved mining for gold by 49ers searching for riches and fortune as part of the Gold Rush. In the 21st century, we have turned from mining for iron ore gold, to theoretical Silicon Valley gold - the collection and use of data. To this end, the 29th Annual Conference will focus extensively on open transportation data platforms by government and the private sector, and is expected to include the IATR's first-ever Hack-A-Thon, where technology experts will seek to solve service issues or problems through the analysis of SFMTA taxi and related data, in an exercise that will be shared during the conference.
The IATR's international footprint continues to grow exponentially, as the transportation technology disruption movement knows no borders. The varied regulatory responses in other parts of the world will be explored, on TNC and other topics. IATR will hold sessions that are dedicated to various continents and countries to highlight and focus on approaches to regulation, including separate sessions for Canadian, European, Asian and Australian regulators.
Finally, this conference will focus on the developing concept of shared mobility - in terms of environmentally sustainable modes of transportation - such as group riding or true ridesharing, bike sharing, car rentals, and other integrated transit solutions that use multiple modes to provide more efficient options, while plugging service gaps. Leading academics, experts and practitioners will share information and knowledge about how transportation professionals are approaching 21st century multi-modal transit planning, and where taxicabs, TNCs, limousines, and other for-hire vehicles fit in.