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.

Knowledge is Key to Acceptance of Autonomous Vehicles

By Steve Cyra, HNTB According to a recent HNTB THINK national public opinion survey, more than half of Americans (52 percent) believe they are familiar with or knowledgeable about autonomous vehicles (AVs). “As we become more knowledgeable about, and comfortable with, autonomous vehicles, people will begin to recognize and value the economic and social [...]

2021-01-13T14:00:49-06:00January 27th, 2020|

Overcoming The High Carbon Debt of Electric Vehicle Production

By Robert Fischer, President GTiMA While it’s nice to have a new year for a fresh start, resolutions can be tricky, especially if you are considering buying an electric vehicle to reduce your annual carbon footprint. Though studies show that over their lifetime EVs produce fewer emissions than gas guzzlers, EVs generate considerably more CO2 [...]

2021-01-13T14:07:19-06:00January 20th, 2020|

Digitizing 21st Century Transportation Policy

By Robert Fischer, President GTiMA For the better part of last century, cities used analog systems like lane markings and curbs to manage their transportation network. As we move into the digital age of transportation, cities are finding innovative ways to digitize their transportation policies. Every morning on my way to work, I drive through [...]

2021-01-13T13:18:40-06:00January 10th, 2020|

A Primer on Autonomous Vehicles

By Amir A. Zaman, Mandli Communications When people think of “autonomous vehicles” they often picture a vehicle driving itself with either little input from the driver or with no driver at all. That level of autonomy, on a practical level, is still years away. But vehicles with different levels of autonomy are on the road. [...]

2021-01-13T14:01:46-06:00September 26th, 2019|

Recent Federal Legislative Activity Involving Autonomous Vehicles

By Arthur Harrington, Attorney Godfrey & Kahn It is important to note that the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committees have unveiled some discussion drafts for autonomous vehicle (AV) legislation. The drafts of these legislations provide some very significant policy issues for consideration. These policy issues include the [...]

2021-01-13T14:02:47-06:00September 17th, 2019|

Connections to Connected Vehicles

By Arthur Harrington, Attorney Godfrey & Kahn Here are a few recent legal developments that parties interested in the development of autonomous vehicles may wish to follow: On May 28, 2019, The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published an extension of the time until Aug. 26, 2019, for making comments to an Advanced Notice [...]

2021-01-13T14:03:39-06:00September 15th, 2019|

Smart Corridors

By Amir A. Zaman, Mandli Communications In the autonomous vehicle world, most of the attention is focused on vehicles themselves, and rightfully so. Reading, watching, and hearing about what some of the vehicles can do is both fascinating and exciting. But other simultaneous developments in the transportation world might have just as much of an [...]

2021-01-13T14:04:36-06:00September 7th, 2019|

Blockchains, Smart Contracts, and the Future of Transportation Security

Robert Fischer, President GTiMA Tomorrow’s vehicles will be computers on wheels, connected to each other, the infrastructure, and the internet. While officials across the country tout the potential benefits of this increased connectivity, it is also the source of considerable anxiety. Protecting these vehicles from hackers is turning out to be a hard nut to [...]

2021-01-13T14:08:16-06:00August 8th, 2019|

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