Speaker Series

FutureCite Speaker Series: The Future of Mobility

Impact of AI & Technology in Transportation

The global world as we know it now is changing faster than we can adapt economically, culturally and geopolitically. Throughout history, human creativity and ingenuity have played key roles in overcoming past economic and industrial disruptions and upheavals within their jurisdictional borders. This digital transformation however is different, as its impact and reach will be felt exponentially and simultaneously by the entire world – and will impact future Living, Learning and Lifestyles.

Image Credit: FutureCite Inc

The focus of our FutureCite Speaker Series is to engage, citizens, communities, companies through live events and video presentations –  to “Imagine how they can play a role in the direction and adoption of AI to shape their future Living, Learning and Lifestyles.

For the joint FutureCite & YPE event on May 28, 2019 at the Enbridge Centre in Edmonton Alberta, FutureCite identified topics on the impact of the digital transformation on future Living and Lifestyle, and curated the speakers.  The three speakers from this event presented three different topics: The Future of Energy, The Future of Mobility and The Future of Food.

These three edited presentations are posted in our FutureCite Speaker Series:

  • William York, ATCO on The Future of Energy,
  • Yeatland Wong, Stantec on The Future of Mobility and
  • Dr. Stan Blade, University of Alberta on The Future of Food.

In this video on the Future of Mobility, Yeatland Wong P. Eng. of Stantec Consulting presents how AI will change mobility – how we travel from place to place and the impact it will have in the planning of future communities, companies and cities. The adoption of autonomous vehicles, and the planning of transportation infrastructure – from highways to hyperloops, and from sky to sea to space will dramatically change the current definition of mobility, and as well, enable multiple choices of energy sources. Not only are the modes of transportation changing, but also the needs of travelers and industry (commuterism and tourism). Included in Yeatland’s presentation are the topics of Electric Vehicles (EVs) Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs), Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and the planning it will take to bring the widespread adoption to communities and cities.

The take away? Preparing for a future of hyperloops, automated transit, and flying cars requires not only the development and integration of technology, but also consideration of planning, polices, regulations, ethics, cybersecurity, land use planning, standards, and economics.

About Yeatland Wong P.Eng.

Image Credit: Yeatland Wong

Yeatland Wong is the Senior Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Engineer at Stantec Consulting.  Yeatland has nearly 2 decades of experience in transportation engineering, and is an expert in smart mobility and new transportation technologies.  Prior to joining Stantec Consulting, Yeatland was the Senior ITS Engineer for City of Calgary, and was program manager for the City’s ITS Program.   Yeatland is also an Executive for the Intelligent Transportation Systems Society of Canada.

About Stantec
Stantec Inc is an international professional services company in the design and consulting industry. Founded in 1954, as D. R. Stanley Associates in Edmonton, Alberta. Stantec provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects. The Company provides services on projects around the world through over 22,000 employees operating out of more than 400 locations in North America and across offices in 6 continents internationally.

About FutureCite Inc
FutureCite Inc launched FutureCite.com in 2018 as a way for Citizens, Communities and Companies to imagine, shape and navigate the digital transformation, and to enable them to prepare for the impact that AI will have on their future Living, Learning and Lifestyle.  Through FutureCite.com, an interactive  digital hub, we provide a way for the 90% of Society to learn and share knowledge and experiences, accelerate discovery of ideas and innovations, and dialogue and collaborate to bridge the knowledge and skills gap arising from the digital transformation.  FutureCite’s one-stop digital hub consists of 3 interconnected digital platforms:
1) Focus – a platform to learn and share knowledge and experiences through articles, blogs and images,
2) Flash – a platform to accelerate discovery and adoption of ideas and innovations through videos, short articles and images, and
3) Connect – a forum and private messaging platform to engage dialogue and collaborate on ideas, initiatives, or projects.
FutureCite.com also hosts the Canada150in150 e-Book.

About YPE
Young Professionals in Energy (YPE) is a non-profit organization which provides opportunities for networking, learning and career development, particularly for those with an interest in the global energy industry. The Edmonton chapter has been operating since 2014 and has organized many events and presentations from academics, senior government officials and prominent industry executives.

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