Event Review - AUVSI Automated Vehicle Symposium
The AUVSI Automated Vehicle Symposium is an annual trade show focused on automation and driverless vehicles. Automation is one of the fastest, and certainly most talked about, segments of the automotive industry. This show highlighted many of the most innovative and well-established companies in the field. There were over 30 companies displaying their latest products and technology to more than 1,100 attendees from companies such as Ford, Hyundai, Toyota, Velodyne, and Parsons Brinckerhoff. It was interesting to note that Utah was the only state represented at this show.
The discussions and breakout sessions focused on driving and shaping legislation around on-road driverless vehicles. The discussions that we had with exhibitors and attendees showed that the industry has moved past the “how will it work” stage, and is now focused on the “how can we make this a consumable good” stage. Many feel that on-road, driverless vehicles will be commonplace in the next 7 to 10 years.
Without exception, each of the exhibiting companies that we spoke with are growing rapidly each quarter. Growing segments for these companies include software programming and development, hardware manufacturing, data management and processing, data analysis, software integration, and data/software security.
The companies and individuals that we met were interested to hear about Utah’s unique advantages, including our booming tech community and our advanced traffic infrastructure integration. Our connected traffic signals and interactive, programmable road signs give us a real advantage over other densely populated cities in which many of these companies are based. Given these two strong points, along with the growth of the industry as a whole, Utah could make a great home for the next wave of autonomous vehicle development and testing.