International Association of Transportation Regulators 36th Annual Conference Preliminary Agenda

Updated April 2023

Conference Theme: Modernizing Mobility

Scottsdale, Arizona | September 27 – 30, 2023


Regulator Members Pricing Associate/Industry Members
$790.00 (early bird before May 15) 
$990.00 (late bird after May 16)
Must sponsor to attend, unless you
are a first-time attendee.

The IATR’s 36th Annual Conference will be held in Scottsdale, Arizona, a welcoming environment and regulatory paradigm for mobility technology innovation and experimentation.  The dry heat of the desert will warm our attendees’ minds, to facilitate the exploration of new approaches to planning for, deploying, and regulating mobility technology solutions. This future forward conference will focus primarily on automation and electrification – two areas of rapid advancement. Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are already picking-up passengers in Arizona and elsewhere, while electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure is being built everywhere – with both innovations providing backbone and muscle for our future transportation ecosystem. Of course, the role of data platforms and standardization – and how critical multi-modal integration is to modernizing mobility – will be the connective tissue for this conference. The policy challenges are the nerves or trigger points that will permeate our extensive discussions involving the implementation of EVs and AVs – including accessibility, equity, and sustainability. Conference attendees will be invited to ride-hail completely autonomous taxis in the Greater Phoenix area, without any drivers in the vehicles. Also, EV demonstrations and AV facility tours will be planned to help bring the conference subject matter to life.


Preliminary Conference Program

Tuesday, September 26, 2022

Noon – 3:00 pm

IATR Regulatory Boot Camp Trainers Prep Meeting

Location TBA

4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

IATR Committee Chairs Meeting

Location TBA

DAY 0 AGENDA: Wednesday, September 27, 2023

6th Annual Bootcamp –  Modernizing the Vehicle:  AV-EV Technical & Regulatory Primer

This year’s bootcamp sessions will provide a comprehensive overview of the technical aspects of the technology behind EV charging infrastructure and AVs. With the goal of demystifying the technology, experts in the field will provide an overview of not only how the systems work, but also of the societal benefits and policy challenges.  This daylong series of sessions will also cover the regulatory paradigm in the U.S. of testing and deployment laws and regulations, as well as EV infrastructure funding sources, processes, and planning. The bootcamp will also seek to address the role of vehicle rental companies, private property owners, and other stakeholders in developing and expanding EV infrastructure in the taxi, TNC, and for-hire vehicle industries. 

8:00am – 12:00pm
Location TBA
Registration Open
8:00 – 9:00am
Location TBA
Breakfast – Introductions by Trainers & Trainees
9:00  – 10:30 am  
Location TBA
Bootcamp Session 101 Electric Vehicle & Infrastructure Primer
This session will introduce attendees to the basics involving electric vehicles – the technology and the infrastructure that powers them. Various technological advancements in the field will be shared, and a basic introduction to the charging process, including the difference between level 1, 2 and 3 chargers, will be shared.   Compatibility and grid related issues will be discussed, as well as the impact on safety and inspection regulations for taxicabs, Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) and other for-hire ground transportation.  
10:30  – 11:00 am Location TBA Coffee Break  
11:00am – 12:30pm Location TBA Bootcamp Session 102 Electric Vehicle Incentives & Planning  
This session will introduce attendees to the EV grant and subsidy universe and discuss the use of EV incentives and proper planning for not just vehicle purchases, but the build-out of infrastructure for the passenger ground transportation industry.  The U.S. Infrastructure Law and the various grants and subsidies available for the industry will be road mapped. Various regulatory approaches from around the world in providing government subsidies and incentives will be compared.  Finally, the role of the regulator in facilitating or driving EV adoption will be explored.       
Noon – 5:00 pm
Location TBA  
Exhibit Set-Up
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Location TBA  
Registration Open
12:30 – 1:30 pm
Location TBA  
1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location TBA  
Bootcamp Session 103: How Do Automated & Connected Vehicles Work?  
This technical session will provide a bottom-up overview of the technology involved in autonomous and connected vehicles, including not just SAE standards and the various levels of autonomy, but how the sensors and software systems work. From LIDAR to ultrasonic sensors, to AI and machine learning, attendees will be expected to comprehend the basic terminology, as well as how data is collected and managed.     
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Location TBA
Coffee Break  
3:30 – 5:00 pm   Location TBA   Bootcamp Session 104 AV Testing & Deployment:  The Regulatory Paradigm  
This session will discuss the current state of play in terms of the role of regulation at the federal, state and local level, with respect to both testing and deployment.  Various pilot programs, testing and deployment case studies will be presented, including the use of autonomous shuttles and ride-hailing.  This session will discuss the various laws in place, the government agencies responsible, and the requirements for permitting, insurance, and data/crash reporting. How these rules and regulations may apply to regulating autonomous taxicabs, TNCs and other motor vehicles, and expected amendments to the paradigm to adjust to the evolution of these services, will be covered.  In addition to exploring an international approach to testing and deployment, regulators will ponder their role and which government agencies can, will or should be involved in regulating AVs.  

*Acknowledgment of Bootcamp Trainers & Graduates
(Bootcamp Training Certificates)  
7:00 – 9:00 pm   Location TBA   Welcome Reception Master of Ceremonies: IATR President, Matthew W. Daus, Esq.
Acknowledgement of Sponsors: IATR Board Chair, Carlton Thomas
Welcoming Remarks: Conference Host, Mark Stewart, City of Chandler, Arizona  

*Dress code
is casual attire.  

DAY 1 AGENDA: Thursday, September 28, 2023

Theme:  Modernizing Mobility Regulations

8:00 – 9:30 am
Location TBA
Exhibit Set-Up
9:00 – 4:00 pm
Location TBA
9:00 – 10:00 am
Location TBA 
Breakfast & Exhibit Exploration
9:30 – 10:00 am
Location TBA
Welcoming Remarks: TBA  
10:00 – 11:30 am  
Location TBA
Plenary Session 1 Global Regulator Spotlight (Star Trek) – Modernization Exemplars   
Transportation regulators from around the world will convene to discuss their projects and initiatives, with a particular emphasis on jurisdictions which have or are undergoing regulatory modernization.  Exemplars in the areas of fare and meter regulation, mobility data management, sustainability, equity and access will be presented.  An emphasis will be placed on how regulatory barriers to innovation, including unnecessary regulations, bureaucratic processes, as well as regulatory standardization, can be achieved.   

Moderator: Carlton Thomas
, Board Chair, International Association of Transportation Regulators (IATR)    
11:30am –12:30pm
Location TBA
Sponsor Floor Open & Exhibit Review  
12:30 – 2:00 pm
Location TBA
Luncheon State of the IATR Address: IATR President, Matthew W. Daus, Esq.

Keynote Speaker TBA
2:00 – 3:30 pm  
Location TBA
Plenary Session 2 Private Sector Modernization – Taxi/TNC Partnerships & Modernizing the Driver Experience  
This session will include an update on the San Francisco and NYC Taxi/TNC partnerships, and how similar integrations between sub-modes have been working around the world.  The private sector will share their views on where the mobility industry is going, and how regulators should be prepared to not just keep-up, but to be ahead of the curve by taking a leadership role in facilitating and encouraging modernization. A particular emphasis will be placed on the policy benefits of modernization, including the use of new technology and business models by drivers – such as vehicle rentals, cameras, and the use of technology devices to optimize service delivery and boost wages.  
3:30 – 4:00 pm
Location TBA
  Exhibit Review & Coffee Break  
  Plenary Session 3: Modernizing the Mobility Data Paradigm  
4:00 – 4:30 pm  
Location TBA
3a:  6th Annual IATR Hack-A-Thon: Transportation Equity  
The winners of the IATR’s 6th annual hack-a-thon 2023 competition will present their solutions to the challenge questions, which focus on data to solve transportation equity issues. Students, professors, and mobility start-ups will compete again for prizes to help solve issues faced by regulators, stakeholders, and the public, utilizing the IATR data commons housed at U.C. Berkeley (which includes sources of public and private mobility data).

To sign-up to sponsor prizes, provide data, or compete, please email us at  
4:30 – 6:00 pm   Location TBA 3b:  Mobility Data Platforms & Automated Enforcement  
This session will explore the latest use of mobility data by regulators and private industry stakeholders, including not just fare and pick-up/drop-off data, but cameras/telematics, OBD data and automated enforcement.   This panel will share not just what is happening now, but what should and needs to happen in the future to allow for multi-modal connectivity and innovation.   Regulatory issues, including open data and the freedom of information laws, will be discussed, and a visioning exercise will take place to discuss how a new paradigm would handle Mobility-as-a-Service, Vision Zero, robotaxi deployment, clean air goals, and other regulatory endeavors.   
7:00 pm Cocktail Hour (Sponsor TBA)  
8:00 pm   Dinner on Your Own (Free Night)  

DAY 2 AGENDA: Friday, September 29, 2023

Theme:  Modernizing the Passenger Experience – AV Policy Workshop

This daylong workshop will be devoted exclusively to taking a deep dive into the socio-economic and policy issues surrounding automated vehicles being tested and deployed as robotaxis. The various IATR committees will help organize sessions on safety, wheelchair accessibility, equity, labor impacts on drivers, sustainability, and the role of shared mobility.   Various projects underway around the world will be discussed, within the context of meeting regulatory policy objectives. An emphasis will be placed on how various stakeholder organizations can support these objectives through standardization, model regulations, and partnerships to share information and research.

8:00 – 4:00 pm
Location TBA  
8:00am – 9:30am Location TBA   Breakfast  
9:00 – 9:30 am Location TBA   Keynote Speech TBA
9:30 – 11:00 am   Location TBA   Plenary Session 4 AV Deployment Experiences
A panel of policymakers and experts will provide an overview of the various regulatory and policy issues that regulators are addressing in the deployment paradigm, including safety standards, wheelchair accessibility, equity and labor impacts.  Experiences in actual deployment will be shared, and this panel will set the stage for the interactive workshop.  
11:00am – 12:00pm Location TBA   Coffee Break & Exhibit Review
12:00 – 2:00pm Location TBA   Working Lunch: AV Breakout Sessions

*Lunch table assignments based on topics (safety, access, equity, labor)
2:00 – 4:00 pm   Location TBA   Plenary Session 5 Tackling the Socio-Economic Issues of Robotaxi Deployment  

The Chairs of IATR’s committees will convene a series of breakout groups to brainstorm with attendees on how AVs can help solve various longstanding problems, as well as to identify the new policy challenges created by AV implementation.  Each committee chair will help lead breakout sessions to identify these challenges and develop a menu of options or solutions for regulators.  Each breakout group will select a representative to report back at the end of the workshop to whiteboard the findings and recommendations, which will be added to the final draft of IATR’s model regulations and guiding principles/best practices for AV testing and deployment.  Breakout sessions will be held on the following topics during the lunch session preceding this general session: SafetyAccessibilityEquityLabor   The conversations will continue after lunch with an open plenary session forum and whiteboard session.  


  • Rupal Bapat, Co-Chair, IATR Accessible Transport Committee
  • Isabelle Ducharme, Co-Chair, IATR Accessible Transport Committee
  • Cammie Chaumont Menendez, Chair, IATR Safety Committee
  • Terry Mercer, Chair, IATR TNC Regulator Committee
  • Jarvis Murray, Chair, IATR Technology & Innovation Committee
  • Sylvain Tousignant, Chair, IATR Canadian Regulator Committee  
7:30 – 11:30 pm   Location TBA

IATR Dinner Reception & Awards Ceremony

  • Norma Reyes IATR Regulator Scholarship Recipients
  • IATR Volunteer of the Year AwardIATR International Driver of the Year Award
  • IATR Regulator of the Year Award  

*Dress code
is casual attire.  

DAY 3 AGENDA: Saturday, September 30, 2023

Theme: Modernization – The Path Forward

9:30 – 11:00 am   Location TBA Brunch & Plenary Session 6: Modernization Lessons Learned – Key Takeaways
Building on the IATR’s past “unconference” experiences, the regulatory potpourri will be repeated this year as part of an interactive breakfast, where attendees will be asked to share what they learned and how they plan to modernize moving forward. Also, suggestions will be explored for future topics among attendees for future conferences, new model regulation projects, committee activities, and other matters.  Post-conference survey results will be collected and shared, and a preview of IATR’s 2024 Florida conference will be presented by IATR’s conference hosts.  

Closing Breakfast & Parting Salutations

  • 2024 Conference Preview: Florida
  • Completion of Post-Conference Surveys & Raffle  

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