International Road Federation (IRF )

Training – Planning for Autonomous Mobility

The Training in a Nutshell

The rapid growth of new technologies, on the one hand, and the increase in demand for safe, clean, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable transportation, on the other hand, stimulated/nudged the advancement of autonomy and full automation in the transport sector. It became an impetus for the development of autonomous vehicles. The created niche in the transport sector brought new challenges as well as opportunities that need to be properly addressed and embraced. 

The International Road Federation, FACTUAL and EIT Urban Mobility are pleased to organise the 2nd edition of the online training Planning for Autonomous Mobility, starting on 11 October 2022.  

The training will tackle various aspects of autonomous vehicles to encompass/comprise the new mobility demands and utilise utmost the advantages that autonomous vehicles bring to society and businesses. More specifically, the training will equip participants with knowledge on all relevant features of autonomous vehicles, how they impact the urban landscape, long-distance travel, logistics, economy, sidewalk management, etc., and purvey tools that will help the participants of the training to solve the future challenges that autonomous vehicles will convey. 

This training is open to everyone, professional or not, interested in the mobility sector, willing to deepen their knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their technical, business, and professional competencies in autonomous mobility. 

Course Objectives

The course will aim to provide a comprehensive outlook on the current and future opportunities for autonomous mobility, engaging the most relevant stakeholders. In order to do so, it will: 

Offer a general overview of the context, challenges, and opportunities that autonomous mobility offers. 

Identify the main long-term impacts of autonomous mobility in several areas such as: mobility planning, transport services and infrastructure, automotive industry, economy, and labour market. 

Give an update on the autonomous mobility technological and regulatory state-of-the-art, the status of implementation of this technology worldwide and identify main barriers to their development. 

Analyse how to manage the transition from current mobility to the arrival of autonomous vehicles: how should the different stakeholders prepare for that? 

Structure & Calendar

The training will begin on 11 October and finish on 8 November 2022. It will be structured in two sessions of three hours each per week (taking place at 14:00-17:00 CET each day) , making it a total of six different sessions (excluding the introductory and wrap-up sessions). In order to provide a fully online yet interactive experience, different learning methods will be used by top-level speakers, such as keynotes, workshops, roundtables, and case studies. You will find below a detailed programme.

For this year’s edition, participants are welcome to bring mobility challenges they have encountered. The challenges will be discussed throughout the course and a solution will be addressed in the last session. 

Bonus Track: Networking Session at Tomorrow.Mobility in Barcelona

Optionally, interested and available participants will also have the opportunity to attend* the Tomorrow Mobility World Congress in Barcelona, co-organised by the EIT Urban Mobility, for a networking session with the training’s organisers. 

*Note: The organisers will provide participants with free tickets (visitor) to attend Tomorrow.Mobility. Participants are responsible for all other travel expenses.

Session 1 – 11 October


  • Training presentation, objectives, and contents.
Session 2 – 13 October

Participants’ Challenges 

  • Presentation of challenges by each participant.

The New Urban Landscape

  • How the autonomous vehicle will impact the urban context beyond mobility (vehicle ownership, logistics, social, digital, labour context) 
Session 3 – 18 October

Long-distance Travel and Logistics

  • Analyse its impact on long-distance travel (pleasure or business), logistics, and the new infrastructures that will be needed. 

Regulatory Aspects 

  • How local, regional, and state authorities should prepare to accommodate the arrival of the autonomous vehicle. 
Session 4 – 20 October

The Economics of AVs

  • AV price evolution and potential models (shared, ownership…).
  • The efficiency of autonomous technology in complementary tasks (move people and logistics). 

Workforce Challenges

  • The challenges of autonomous mobility regarding new skills and the workforce. 
Session 5 – 25 October

Infrastructure Management

  • How autonomous mobility will impact the management of pick-ups and drop-offs, in ride-hailing and last-mile logistics services. 
  • Understand how road and traffic management must address the challenges posed by autonomous mobility. 

Deployments and Technological Readiness

  • Overview of technological evolution, the role of infrastructure, and how an ecosystem (industry) is created to boost its implementation.

Integration of Autonomous Shuttles in Public Transport

  • Best practices on integrating AV (shuttles) into the Public Transport system.
Session 6 – 27 October

Case Studies

  • Best practices around the world (either as a roadmap for cities or for countries) that are introducing autonomous technology.

Deploying Autonomous Mobility Around the World

  • Operators’ perspective on the deploying of Autonomous Mobility.
Session 7 – 03 November

Mobility Ecosystem

  • What the transition to autonomous mobility will look like from the current situation considering different stakeholders in the mobility ecosystem: final user, public body, vehicles, and infrastructure.

Roadmap to AVs Transition

  • Participants’ presentations of solutions to the challenges exposed at the beginning of the course.
Session 8 – 08 November
  • Wrap-up session.
Bonus Track – 16 November
  • Optional Networking Session at Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress 2022 in Barcelona (Spain).

Participant’s Profile

This training targets a broad range of mobility professionals, identifying five priority profiles:  

  • Mobility and infrastructure planners who will be in charge of managing and planning the integration of autonomous vehicles (AV) in the current mobility ecosystem (new legislation, new infrastructure, etc.).   
  • Transport operators who will have to adapt their operations to the arrival of the AVs’ technology. 
  • Automotive and mobility industry managers who will integrate autonomous technology into their vehicles and will have to transform their operations and foresee potential business models.
  • Mobility research centres that will be working on a steady improvement of autonomous technology. 
  • Non-mobility professionals interested in the impact of AV on society and the economy. 

Note: Participants will not be required to have specific previous education in the AV field. 

Our Experts

Our experts, coming from various organisations, academia, and industry, are well-equipped to provide hands-on training on various aspects of autonomous mobility, technologies, economic, regulatory as well as social aspects of it. They have proven track records of professional experience in leading various projects related to autonomous transport under their belt. They are front-line/cutting edge professionals who are willing to share with you their practical and theoretical experience to amplify and enhance your knowledge in autonomous mobility so that you are ready and well-equipped within your organisation to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities that autonomous mobility brings into our society. 

Executive Director

Urban Robotics Foundation

Director of Connected Automated Transportation Programme

University of Wisconsin



National Leader, Sustainability & Resilience



UNECE WP on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (WP.29)

Programme Director, Operations

Safety and Mobility Division AASHTO

Director of Operations

Georgia (USA) Department of Transportation

Head of Innovation, ITS Division


Strategic Partnerships

ZF Group

Deputy Director General



UNECE Global Forum for Road
Traffic Safety (WP.1)

CAT Development Manager


Director Institute for Mobility

St. Gallen University

Splyt / PAVE Europe / Mobility


Team Lead


Head of Autonomous Vehicles

New Mobility Services, Keolis Group

Project Officer



Iowa Department of Transportation

Senior Consultant


Chief Operations Officer

Michigan Department of Transportation

General Manager


State Connected Vehicle and Arterial Management Engineer

Florida Department of Transportation




Old Chase Consulting Ltd.

Head of AV Regulation

Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Associate Professor of Law

University of South Carolina

Fees & Registration

Group discounts available! For more info on group discounts, contact us at


The training Planning for Autonomous Mobility is designed and planned by three partners, IRF – the International Road Federation, EIT Urban Mobility and FACTUAL, who have a long-standing experience in the transport and mobility sector, and in providing customised training for professionals in the mobility sector as well as those who lack this experience and are willing to amplify their knowledge in specific transport areas. The organisers possess the necessary knowledge, experience, tools and have mastered specifically bespoke methodologies to provide high-level training to achieve the maximum possible results. 

The International Road Federation (IRF) is a global, independent, not-for-profit organisation with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Active since 1948, IRF is a membership-based organisation, representing leading corporate and institutional players drawn from the road and mobility sectors worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that enable access and sustainable mobility for all. Its approach is centred on key strategic components of knowledge transfer & information sharing, connecting people, businesses and organisations, and working with policy & advocacy.

EIT Urban Mobility is an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since January 2019, we have been working to encourage positive changes in the way people move around cities in order to make them more liveable places. We aim to become the largest European initiative transforming urban mobility. Co-funding of up to € 400 million (2020-2026) from the EIT, a body of the European Union, will help make this happen.

FACTUAL is an innovation & strategy consultancy firm specialised in all things mobility. FACTUAL liaises with a wide range of stakeholders at a local and global level, public and private, and supports them in understanding and effectively adapting to a complex, interconnected, dynamic mobility ecosystem.