December 2, 2016, Advanced Transportation Technologies Conference,
all-day, Meydenbauer Center, downtown Bellevue.
May 19, 2016, Washington Policy Center Solutions Summit, Bellevue, WA.
Steve Marshall presentation on Redefining Transit.
October 9, 2015, Advanced Transportation Technologies Conference, all-day,
Mercer Island Community and Events Center. Moderated by CATES Executive
Director, Steve Marshall.
John Niles wrote an essay in the New Geography
blog of April 13, 2017 titled "Urban Leaders Should Plan for the Public
Transit of the Future" describing the two distinct markets for automated
John Niles was lead author of a chapter in the
Disrupting Mobility published by Springer in January
2017; click here for a direct link to a preview of the chapter titled
"Transit Leap: A Deployment Path for Shared-Use Autonomous Vehicles that
John Niles is lead author of the blog post "How NHTSA should respond to the
Tesla Autopilot crash in Florida" dated July 4, 2016
A research paper “How cities can use autonomous vehicles to increase
transit ridership and reduce household vehicle ownership” co-authored by
John Niles was named a runner-up for the best conference paper at the May
2016 annual Canadian Transportation Research Forum in Toronto.
CATES wrote a chapter in
the well-received book from Springer, Road Vehicle Automation , published in May 2014;
click on the book cover for further information from the publisher. Title
of our chapter is "Synergies Between Vehicle Automation, Telematics
Connectivity, and Electric Propulsion" by Steve Marshall and John Niles.
for comments from the CATES reseach director about selected clippings on
vehicle automation. On an award-winning ScoopIt news curation site.
John Niles presented a poster at the December 2015 Florida Automated
Vehicle Summit in Jacksonville, Florida
Niles presented at Puget Sound Regional Council Traffic Operations
Committee on connected, automated vehicles, December 4, 2014
Marshall presentation to the Washington Future Energy Conference on
November 5, 2014 about Boosting Electric Vehicle Adoption in Washington
State [Click for pdf of his slides] .
Video highlights from John
Niles' presentation "Vehicle Automation, Challenge and Opportunities" for the MIT Enterprise Forum of the
Northwest, October 29, 2014.
Rosmann spoke on "Evolution of Driverless Cars" to the Annual Meeting
of Washington State Good Roads and Transportation Association, September
19, 2014 in Richland, WA [Click for full text.]
Niles presented a paper "Connected, Automated, Zero-Emission Cars Are
Essential for Improving Livable, Sustainable Communities" to the 2014
World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Detroit, Michigan,
September 10, 2014. [Click for full text of paper.]
presented a poster titled "Demonstrating
How to Reduce Oil Consumption and Achieve Emission-Free Mobility as
Connected, Automated Vehicle Travel Rises" at the TRB 2014 Automated
Vehicle Symposium on July 16, 2014 in San Francisco.
presented the lunch speech at the ITS Canada Annual Conference & General Meeting,
June 4, 2014, Victoria, BC [Click for full text.]
John Niles presented a poster "Working Toward Financially Sustainable
Public Transit by Reducing Vehicle Operating Costs" at the TRB Road
Vehicle Automation Workshop, July 16, 2013 on the Stanford University
campus in Palo Alto, CA
September 7, 2012 Conference, "Beyond Oil: Transforming Transportation in
Part of Seattle World's Fair Anniversary celebration.
Click for Conference Summary Report.
remarks at Beyond Oil Conference from Event Chairman Steve Marshall
recording of Beyond Oil Conference , thanks to
Seattle Center Foundation .
Access to specific presentations (slides on split screen) available via "Content on Demand" tab
below viewing window in the
conference video :
As a few examples:
Amory Lovins, Chapter 3
Robert Lutz, Chapter 6
Phil Jones, WUTC, Chapter 7
Candidates for governor, Chp 8
Shelley Poticha, HUD, Chapter 9
Sec. Paula Hammond, Chapter 10
Smart Cars, Chapter 11
Self-Driving Cars, Chapter 12
of Beyond Oil by Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times
up on Beyond Oil by conservation-minded law firm Graham & Dunn
on Beyond Oil by Mallory Smith in The Futurist Blog
Participants in our July 18, 2011 workshop to plan an
Electric Mobility Demonstration Project
conducted jointly with
Institute for Environmental Research and Education.
Other from CATES
Automated, Connected, and Electric Vehicles An Assessment of Emerging
Transportation Technologies and a Policy Roadmap for More Sustainable
"Automating Your Ride" by
Steve Marshall, in the May/June 2013 issue of
the magazine for AAA members.
Public Transit by Changing Its Definition"
Comments of John Niles
for the Puget Sound Regional Council General
Assembly, April 25, 2013
Letter to Governor Jay Inslee:
Steps for the Governor to Transform Transportation
CATES presentation April 18, 2011 to HUD Region 10 Administrator
essays by Steve Marshall
Seminal 2010 book from MIT Press:
Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Mobility for the 21st Century
by William J. Mitchell, Christopher E. Borroni-Bird, and Lawrence D. Burns
"Climate Change and
Transportation: Summary of Key Information," Transportation Research
Circular E-C164, July 2012
Rice-Stanton Transportation Governance Reform project,
Title page of essay published in
Thinking Highways magazine, co-authored by CATES executive director
John Niles. Click on the picture to retrieve the full article in
CATES -- Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy
Solutions -- is a
non-profit research & development organization based in Western
Washington State. Our mantra is at the top of this page: "Research,
Educate, Integrate, and Accelerate." There are many diverse
threads to integrate!
June 19, 2017 ( PDF
City of SeaTac,
Washington to explore autonomous vehicle applications for community
benefit with consulting assistance from CATES
City of SeaTac has begun a
five-month project with the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy
Solutions (CATES) that will conduct research on the viability of the City
becoming a Center of Municipal Excellence in autonomous, driver-less
vehicle deployment for cost-effective public benefit.
One of the potential examples of
this technology application to be explored is the use of driver-less
shuttle mini-buses or vans on City roads providing supplementary service
between SeaTac Airport and hotel locations.
Another example would be small,
quiet, electric shuttles connecting light rail stations and transit
centers with residential neighborhoods. Vehicles such as these have the
potential to provide mobility that is safer, less expensive, and
non-polluting compared to today’s available alternatives.
CATES will develop an Action
Plan document that provides guidance to the City on whether and how to
proceed on developing and implementing processes of learning, teaching,
fundraising, and procurement of new technology applications for using
high-tech autonomous vehicles to provide better mobility in the City of
Active engagement and
collaboration will be sought with citizen and business interests,
neighboring jurisdictions, Port of Seattle, King County Metro, Sound
Transit, non-governmental technology or mobility providers, and others
like members of the ACES Northwest Network who step forward with an
interest in this topic.
All of the work in this project
will be consistent with the
June 7, 2017 State of Washington Executive Order 17-02 on autonomous
vehicle testing and technology.
An introduction to the
project will be provided to City officials and the public by CATES
executive director John Niles in a meeting at SeaTac City Hall, Riverton
Room 128, on Thursday, June 29, 5 to 7 PM.
for announcement on the City of SeaTac web site.
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Earlier, CATES contributed to an integrated assessment (IA) of the
automated, connected electric vehicle's contribution
to transportation sustainability. This project was funded by the
University of Michigan Graham
Environmental Sustainability Institute and carried out in partnership with the
Connected Vehicle Proving Center at
University of Michigan - Dearborn. The public kick-off
for the event was
September 7, 2012 at the
Beyond Oil Conference at Seattle Center with video recordings made and
posted on the
left hand side of this page.
The final IA report, "Automated, Connected, and Electric Vehicles: An
Assessment of Emerging Transportation Technologies and a Policy Roadmap
for More Sustainable Transportation" is available by clicking here.
As shown in the following chart depicting data from a sample of 6,000
households in the central Puget Sound region, the travel mode share in the
Seattle-Tacoma metro area is dominated by motor vehicle use, so the
importance of public and private policy to make cars be safer and generate
lower emissions gives impetus to the focus of CATES:
We are consistent in all our work with existing
approved plans on issues outside of our project scope such as land use
pattern/density, non-motorized transportation modes, passenger railroad
modes, water ferries, and aviation.
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John Niles ,
Tony Billera ,
End of Driving
from Grush Niles Associates, Seattle and Toronto
Thinking Highways magazine (Note cover story,
Securing America's Future Energy
Ride service Lyft and its public policy stance
Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute at
University of Michigan, describing CATES project, "A Roadmap for
Sustainable Transportation: Connected, Automated, and Electric Vehicle
Vehicle Proving Center at University of Michigan - Dearborn
Washington Clean Cities
and presentations from the TRB-AUVSI Road Vehicle Automation Symposium, July 2016
Automated Vehicles Center of Excellence
Fleet Electrification Roadmap by Electrification
Electrification and the Smart Grid-The Supporting Role of Safety and
Mobility Services" from ITS America
Video from Google describing its self-driving
Video from Volvo describing its work in vehicle automation:
Video from Hyundai promoting
available driver assistance automation in its Genesis model vehicles:
Insights About Telematics
(Daily electronic newsletter crowd-sourced from Twitter)
Thurston Regional Planning Council Plan for Sustainable Development
Regional Council's sustainability project, "Growing Transit Communities: A
Corridor Action Strategy for the Central Puget Sound Region"
Transportation and Climate Change Clearinghouse
computer-generated compilation of news stories "Noted by CATES"
crowd-sourced from Twitter.
T he real-time status of road traffic
and public transit (mostly running on roads) is available here:
For central Puget Sound regional expressway status
here (links to traffic cameras).
City of Seattle posts traffic status
(links to traffic cameras).
City of Bellevue posts traffic status
(links to traffic cameras).
For the latest status reports on Sound Transit buses
click here .
reports the locations of public transit buses around Puget Sound in real time.
. Real-time traffic around Joint Base Lewis McChord is