UC Davis Transportation Experts Prominent at Verge 18 Conference to Accelerate the Clean Economy

UC Davis Transportation Experts Prominent at Verge 18 Conference to Accelerate the Clean Economy

(From left) Gil Tal, Mollie D’Agostino, and Austin Brown

UC Davis will bring research insights to help showcase the future of transportation at this year’s VERGE 18 conference and expo, hosted by GreenBiz. VERGE is “where technology meets sustainability,” making cutting-edge transportations systems central. From October 15th to 18th, thousands of technology, business, government, and academic leaders will gather in Oakland, California for this flagship event. VERGE 18 will actually be three conferences in one, with tracks on energy, transportation, and mobility and the circular economy.

Gil Tal, Director of the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Center will discuss methods for “Turning Electric Vehicles into Grid Resources” on the morning of Wednesday, October 17th. As our energy and transportation systems become more connected, plug-in vehicles offer invaluable grid service, but only if we get the technology and policy right. Dr. Tal will discuss the PH&EV Center’s research findings and how they show the way to better infrastructure.

Also on Wednesday, Austin Brown, Executive Director of the Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy, will speak on a panel focused on “How Mobility Services & Cities Can Share Data.” Cities and regions can dramatically improve their transportation planning with insights from new mobility, but technical, behavioral, and contractual barriers have limited the benefits so far. Dr. Brown will present policy options to break this log jam and get the data – and more importantly, the insights – into the decision-making process.

Mollie Cohen D’Agostino, Policy Director of the 3 Revolutions Future Mobility Program, will wrap up the UC Davis contributions on Thursday, October 18th. She will bring the policy research perspective to the panel “How to Balance Self-Driving Safety & Innovation,” sharing insights on how policy can be innovation friendly, but also insist on continuous improvement in safety for pedestrians and bikes.

“If you’ll be at VERGE, we hope you’ll join us for these discussions and move forward the future of the 3 Revolutions – shared, automated, and electric mobility,” said Austin Brown.