Clear Light’s Denis Eirikis Writes in America Planning Association Newsletter

Fresh off the presses, here is a link to this month’s American Planning Association’s TDP News for an article on Driverless cars and Long Range Transportation Planning by Clear Light’s Denis Eirikis.

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Driverless Cars and Long Range Transportation Planning

There is a quiet revolution quickly gaining traction that will permanently change everything you know about urban mobility. A revolution the transportation planning community must absolutely plan for in order to prevent potential billion dollar mistakes.

“Driverless cars will be a game changer … just as the Model T revolutionized our horse-and-buggy mentality and infrastructure,” – Rep. Jeffrey Brandes, R-St. Petersburg

The future is driverless cars, and they are coming quicker than you think. Since just May 2012, the state legislatures of Nevada, Florida, and California have passed laws allowing for driverless cars. Google announced last month at the California bill signing that their technology will be made commercially available “within just a few years.” The implications of a driverless environment are far-reaching, especially in an industry in which planning 25 years in the future is a norm.

For the full feature article that will be published by the American Planning Association later this month, sign up at the “Connect With Us” form on the bottom of this page for a link the moment the feature is published.

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Public Involvement Comes Out of the Dark Ages

Time and again, we have done the math and seen government unwittingly pay up to $10,000 per response for archaic public involvement programs using snail mail, legal ads, and workshops where billable consultants outnumber citizens. You have to be emotionally motivated to drop everything and show up at city hall on a week night, so ironically, the archaic process tends to select so that mostly angry people turn to show up.

There has to be a better way and that’s why we started SMART INVOLVEMENT™. We are very proud of our FDOT demonstration projects, where Clear Light will be using webcast, crowdsourcing, social media and other technology so that citizens can get involved and “attend” meetings via their smart phones and tablets. We welcome your thoughts.

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