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 3rd edition of the online training Planning for Autonomous Mobility, kicking off on 17 October 2023.

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, and willing to deepen their knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their technical, business, and professional competencies in autonomous mobility. 

Course Objectives

The course aims to provide a comprehensive outlook on the current and future opportunities for autonomous mobility, engaging the most relevant stakeholders. The participants will: 

Gain a general overview of the autonomous mobility ecosystem (challenges, opportunities, actors, etc.). 

Understand the significant long-term impacts and how to be prepared to maximise the benefits.

Get an update on the technological and regulatory state of the art of autonomous mobility and identify its main deployment barriers

Understand how to manage the transition from a current to a mixed-traffic scenario, including autonomous and conventional mobility.

Structure & Calendar

The training will begin on 17 October and finish on 8 November 2023. It will be structured in 5 sessions of two hours each per week (taking place at 14:00-16:00 CET each day), with two additional sessions of one hour, an introductory and wrap-up one. 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:

Session 1: Introduction
– Training presentation, objectives, and contents.
17/101 hour
Session 2: AV Technological Readiness
– Overview of technological evolution, the role of infrastructure, and how an ecosystem (industry) is created to boost its implementation.
19/102 hours
Session 3: Regulatory Aspects and AVs in the Mobility Ecosystem AVs + Workforce Challenges
– How local, regional, and state authorities should prepare to accommodate the arrival of the autonomous vehicle. 
– The challenges of autonomous mobility regarding new skills and the workforce. 
24/102 hours
Session 4: Urban Landscape and Integration of Autonomous Shuttles in Public Transport + Case Studies and Operators
– Best practices on integrating AV (shuttles) into the Public Transport system.
– Case studies: best practices around the world (either as a roadmap for cities or for countries) that are introducing autonomous technology.
– Operators’ perspective on the deploying of Autonomous Mobility.
26/102 hours
Session 5: Long-distance Travel and Logistics + Case Studies and Operators
– Analyse its impact on long-distance travel (pleasure or business), logistics, and the new infrastructures that will be needed. 
– Case studies: best practices around the world (either as a roadmap for cities or for countries) that are introducing autonomous technology.
– Operators’ perspective on the deploying of Autonomous Mobility.
31/102 hours
Session 6: Workshop based on Participants’ Challenges and Wrap-up Session
– Presentation of challenges by each participant.
2/112 hours
Session 7: Networking Session (Optional)
– The wrap-up session is optional and will take place in person in the margins of the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (7-9 Nov. 2023) in Barcelona.
8/111 hour

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 taking place on 7-9 November 2023, 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.

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 pool of 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. 

Note: The selection of the experts for the current edition (2023) is still ongoing and will be finalised briefly. 

Andreas Herrmann

St. Gallen University

Director Institute for Mobility

Bern Grush

Urban Robotics Foundation

Executive Director

Benoit Perrin


General Manager

Bin Ran

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Director of Connected Automated Transportation Programme

Bruno Viega

Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Head of AV Regulation

Bryant Walker Smith

University of South Carolina

Associate Professor of Law

Bryn Balcombe



Cesar Omar Chacón Fernandez

Empresa Municipal de Transportes de Madrid

Head of Engineering Project Department

Clarissa Han


Chief Technology Leader, Network Sustainability & Resilience

Clement Aubourg

New Mobility Services, Keolis Group

Head of Autonomous Vehicles

Daniela Bremmer


CAT Development Manager

Daniel Lenczowski


Sales Executive – CCAM

François E. Guichard

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


George Ivanov

Head of International Policy & Government Affairs


Gonzalo Alcaraz

Deputy Director General


Guido Di Pasquale

PAVE Europe

Managing Director

Gummada Murthy

Safety and Mobility Division AASHTO

Programme Director Operations

John L. Hibbard

Georgia (USA) DoT

Director of Operations

Josep Laborda



Laura Coconea


Head of Innovation, ITS Division

Luc Texier

ZF Group

Strategic Partnerships

Luciana Iorio

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


Lukas Neckermann

Splyt / PAVE Europe / Mobility


Manon Coyne


Project Officer

Oriol Mas Bosch


Team Leader

Paul Speirs

Old Chase Consulting Ltd.


Raj Ponnaluri

Florida DoT

State Connected Vehicle and Arterial Management Engineer

Scott Marler

Iowa DoT


Thomas Kern



Tony Kratofil

Michigan DoT

Chief Operations Officer

 Zeljko Jeftic


Director Autonomous Electric Transport (AET)

Fees & Registration


The reduced fee applies to the following categories: IRF Member, EIT Urban Mobility Members, accredited students, early-bird discount (valid until 30 June 2023).

Group Discounts

Group discounts are available. For more information, 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 and 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. Operating in more than 130 countries in the world, IRF’s mission is to promote the development of 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 on 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.