HDR’s Justin Robbins Addresses AV/CV Implications on City Development in Latest ‘Experts Talk’

Justin Robbins, AICP

HDR’s latest Experts Talk Interview introduces Justin Robbins, AICP, Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Transportation Planner and the first of HDR’s Advanced Technologies for Surface Transportation experts to be interviewed for the series.

Robbins explores the implications of AV/CV integration on city development. He believes that AVs can help create density in ways that haven’t been possible since the advent of the automobile, marking a massive change in how our cities are structured and function. Robbins is an adjunct faculty member at his alma mater, Ohio State University, and teaches a graduate level class on urban design.

“Sprawling development is the result of our current automobile system,” Robbins said. “While AVs do not require us to build differently, they allow us to build differently.”

“Justin and our entire ATST team embody a holistic approach to meeting and solving the challenges ahead for transportation infrastructure,” said Ben Pierce, HDR’s transportation technology program lead. “Our team is selective about applying emerging technologies that will not only improve system operation, but also add value to a community and improve its quality of life.”

Robbins recently put his theories into practice on an HDR project for downtown Lincoln, Nebraska. He helped design the framework for a pilot deployment of autonomous microshuttles within a mixed traffic, revenue-generating system.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series illuminates various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

Connect with Justin Robbins on LinkedIn, and learn more about HDR’s ITS, AV/CV and other emerging technologies practice on our Advanced Technologies for Surface Transportation site.

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