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Convened by TRB, the 2021 Automated Road Transportation Symposium (ARTS21) will be held July 12-15, 2021 online. It is the continuation of TRB's annual summer symposia on automated vehicle systems.

We are delighted to announce that ARTS21 keynote speakers will include Senator Gary Peters, Former National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt, and Aurora Innovation CEO Chris Urmson. The full program of plenary speakers and 31 breakout sessions is being frequently updated and is shown on the Program tab on this webpage.  


                                                         Senator Gary Peters                           Robert Sumwalt                                          Chris Urmson             

ARTS is unique among conferences about transportation automation. 

It is produced by a group of ~200 TRB volunteers, experts in their field, who dedicate themselves to creating balanced agendas that help to inform attendees about ongoing research, business developments, public agency investments and operations, and policy formation. Every year, the ARTS program comprises a timely mix of influential plenary speakers and breakout sessions to provide local, national, and international perspectives on AV policy and practice.  This year’s agenda addresses safety assurance, business developments, roadway operations, human factors, public acceptance, trucking, transit, legislative and regulatory affairs, and more. 

What else makes the TRB Automated Road Transportation Symposium unique? 

ARTS is an influential platform for developing new ideas. Informed by science and research; attendees gain insight through discourse into the future of automated road transportation.

ARTS agenda builds from year to year with evolving discussions on access and equity, urban mobility planning, environmental impacts, artificial intelligence, and road vehicle automation technology issues affecting the federal, state, and local departments of transportation.

ARTS is collaborative.  Breakout sessions are intentionally participatory, to include contributions from the C-suite to the summer interns (and there is a student discount)

ARTS is mission-driven to inform without bias and to engage participants across sectors, disciplines, and borders.


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