About Robert Fischer

Robert Fischer is President of GTiMA, a Technology and Policy Advisor to Mandli Communications, and an Associate Editor of the SAE International Journal of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. Both GTiMA and Mandli work with national, international, and regional authorities to advance smart city standards, policies, and best practices – especially as they relate to the future of mobility. In addition to working with city and state governments on smart city and emerging mobility deployments, Robert currently sits on several boards and advisory committees, including the Hawaii AV Institute, the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle External Advisory Committee, and the AV Forum planning committee. Robert holds a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and a master’s in software engineering from Cal State Fullerton.

Biden’s Job Plan: For This Fight You Want an EV with a TV

If you are an electric vehicle owner – or would like to be – you have a lot to look forward to in the $2 trillion Biden infrastructure plan, including purchasing subsidies and a host of new charging stations. But you may want to pull over and find the TV nearest you. Cause a rumble in [...]

2021-05-17T09:37:58-06:00April 30th, 2021|

You’re in Charge of the U.S. DOT; Where Do You Start?

Robert Fischer The impossibly improbable has occurred and you're the new transportation secretary. Fifty-five thousand employees are waiting for their marching orders. Transportation “leaders” around the country – some rooting for your demise – watched your senate confirmation, all the flashy talk about reducing carbon, racial equality, and an economy that works for all. But [...]

2021-02-14T20:35:27-06:00February 13th, 2021|

Brief: U.S. DOT Releases New Autonomous Vehicles Comprehensive Plan

Robert Fischer, President GTiMA With Biden's inauguration around the corner and mounting expectations for his Secretary of Transportation nominee Pete Buttigieg, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its new Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan on January 11. The report highlights the agency's strategy to ensure the safe rollout of automated driving systems. "The AVCP lays out the department's robust multimodal [...]

2021-02-15T12:52:19-06:00January 19th, 2021|

U.S. Transportation Department Key to Biden Meeting Paris Agreement Targets

By Robert Fischer, President GTiMA The transportation sector is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. As President-elect Biden lays the groundwork for a new administration and prepares to re-enter the Paris Agreement, his cabinet pick for secretary of Transportation, along with his policies on emissions, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles will [...]

2021-01-13T13:41:19-06:00December 1st, 2020|

Many Frustrated as FCC Rules to Reallocate 5.9 GHz Spectrum Away from Transportation Safety

By Steve Cyra and Robert Fischer The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously on November 18 to redeploy the majority of the 5.9 GHz band of wireless radio spectrum once reserved for advanced vehicle safety technologies. The decision, hailed by cable companies, has prompted dire warnings from departments of transportation and various transportation safety groups who [...]

2021-01-13T13:29:02-06:00November 24th, 2020|

WisDOT Launches Automated Vehicle Advisory Committee

By Robert Fischer, President GTiMA Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies are expected to have a wide-ranging impact on transportation in Wisconsin. To prepare, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) launched the Wisconsin Automated Vehicle External (WAVE) Advisory Committee in September to gather stakeholder input and advice on CAV-related planning priorities, implementation policies, and impacts [...]

2021-01-13T13:39:50-06:00September 17th, 2020|

Could Greenhouse Gas Emissions Be Added To COVID-19’s Casualty List?

By: Robert Fischer, President GTIMA As the world rebounds from the first wave of coronavirus, total economic stimulus will be in the trillions. This begs the question: should the US earmark stimulus funds to flatten the climate curve? By targeting investments that modernize the automobile, not only could we add greenhouse gas emissions to the [...]

2021-01-13T14:06:43-06:00June 24th, 2020|

AVs in the Age of the Pandemic

By Amir A. Zaman, Mandli Communications The global coronavirus pandemic is showing both the potential advantages of autonomous vehicles (AVs), as well as the challenges the industry faces. On the upside: in the midst of social distancing, self-driving vehicles have been used to successfully deliver food and groceries to people, have been able to move [...]

2021-01-13T13:50:06-06:00June 12th, 2020|

ACES Recent Developments of Interest

By Arthur Harrington, Attorney Godfrey & Kahn California Considers New Rules for Ride-Hailing AV’s. California has adopted an Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service Pilot Project. There are two ongoing pilot projects: one in San Ramon run by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and one in Dublin run by the Livermore Amador Transit Authority. The Dublin pilot [...]

2021-01-13T13:55:07-06:00June 1st, 2020|

The Promise and Peril of Autonomous Vehicles

By Amir A. Zaman, Mandli Communications The possibility of self-driving cars on our roads is prompting both excitement and anxiety. Advocates point to the possibility of increased safety, lower pollution, even less congestion. Critics aren’t sold on many of the supposed advantages. So, what happens when driverless vehicles start hitting our roads? As with so [...]

2021-01-13T13:57:02-06:00January 28th, 2020|

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