Momentum: Issue #54

September 14, 2020

ITS World Congress ALL-ACCESS Kicks Off This Week

ITS America is excited to launch ITS World Congress All Access this week! Starting September 16th, featured sessions will be held on Wednesdays and Thursdays through October 1 and culminate in full days of programming October 7-8th.

The event will deliver 40+ education and engagement opportunities ranging from interactive education sessions, discussion groups, live Q+As, and vendor solution presentations in the form of case studies, keynotes and expert panels – all accessible on demand.

If you haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late – the link is here! As a reminder, all ITS America members will receive complimentary registration. Below is an at-a-glance primer on the sessions – for more detailed information on all sessions, please look here. We look forward to seeing you online!

September 16, 10:00-11:00 AM ET | AV Shuttles in the US – Lessons Learned from Planning to Deployment

Key results, outcomes, and lessons learned from Autonomous Vehicle shuttle deployments across the United States. 

September 17, 6:00-7:00 PM ET | Automated Bus Consortium Program

A collaboration investigating the feasibility of implementing automated bus pilots across the United States.

September 23, 10:00-11:00 AM ET | Does MaaS Contribute to Sustainable Transportation?
Explore lessons learned from current MaaS pilots worldwide that indicate the potential for MaaS to contribute to sustainable transportation.

September 24, 6:00-7:00 PM ET | Transit Rethink: How Does Transit Adapt to a Future That Includes on-Demand Services?

Hear from some of the country’s leading transit agencies about how they are taking on the current ridership crisis.

September 30, 10:00-11:00 AM ET | SOS–Save Our Spectrum — the 5.9 Ghz Band and V2X

Current status of the 5.9 GHz band and any complications or concerns regarding use of the band by V2X.


October 7th

9:00-10:00 AM ET – MOD/MaaS Workshop

10:00-10:30 AM ET– Keynote: Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee talks with Shailen Bhatt

2:15-2:45 PM ET – Fireside Chat: Jennifer Cohan, Secretary of Delaware DOT talks with Federal Highway Administration Administrator Nicole Nason

5:00-6:00 PM ET – City DOT Roundtable on Equity: Join Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO of ITS America as he talks with Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of New York City DOT, Jeff Marootian, Director of District DOT, Eulois Checkley, Executive Director of Denver Department of Infrastructure and Transportation, and Seleta Reynolds, General Manager of Los Angeles DOT.

October 8th

9:00-10 AM ET – MOD/MaaS Workshop

10:00-10:30 AM ET – Keynote: Blair Anderson, Director, AWS Public Policy, talks with Shailen Bhatt

1:15-2:30 PM ET – State DOT Roundtable on Safety

4:45-5:45 PM ET – Fireside Chat: Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO of ITS America has a conversation on Sustainability and Electrification with Roger Millar, Secretary of Washington State DOT; Russ McMurry, Commissioner of Georgia DOT; and Marie Therese Dominguez, Commissioner of New York State DOT.


Member Connection: Jon Barad, Velodyne Lidar

Name: Jon Barad
Vice President of Business Development
Velodyne Lidar

Short Job description/Role Responsibility:   Jon leads the Automated with Velodyne partner program, and spearheads the company’s efforts in developing partnerships with companies in emerging autonomous markets. He specializes in lidar applications for robotics, ITS, smart cities, drones, trucking, agriculture, and security. 

Current or previous  #ITS Project:  We are working on a number of projects that aim to integrated Velodyne lidar sensors with traffic signals to detect, count and track pedestrians, cyclists and traffic to help improve traffic analytics, congestion management and pedestrian safety. These lidar sensors are placed at crossing signs and intersections, and because lidar used today does not allow for facial recognition, these smart city applications can preserve trust and anonymity among the public.

What does the future of #ITS look like to you? As the demands on ITS-related technology increase and evolve, new perception systems have the potential to vastly improve public safety and security performance. Velodyne Lidar is at the forefront of delivering these technologies to improve safety and efficiency of traffic management in airports, intersections, highways, and other transportation infrastructure. Velodyne’s lidar technology is powering a new generation of ITS solutions today.

Hobbies: Hobbies?  Who has time after chasing the kids around? But I do enjoy getting outdoors as the SF Bay area has tons of great areas for hiking and mountain biking

Family:  I live just outside of San Francisco in Marin County with my wife and two young boys

Favorite place to travel: I’m excited just to get out of the house these days. 

First car you drove?: Mazda 323

Karaoke Song: Jack & Diane – John Cougar Mellencamp

If you weren’t working in Transportation industry you would:  playing golf…of course. 

Any other fun facts you would like to share? I am a kidney donor and am passionate about donation advocacy.