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 increase of demand in safe, clean, comfortable, efficient, and sustainable transportation, on the other hand, stimulated 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 adequately addressed and embraced.

This training – Planning for Autonomous Mobility – is designed to tackle key aspects of autonomous mobility as a means to respond to new transport demands and to deliver value to society and businesses. More specifically, the training will equip the participants with knowledge on all relevant features of the autonomous mobility ecosystem, including urban landscape impact, long-distance travel, logistics, economy, etc., and provide them with the tools that will help them solve future challenges that autonomous vehicles will convey.

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

General Overview & Calendar

The planned training consists of four modules and nine different sessions which are organized in a complete online and interactive format. Each session is intended to last approximately two hours. The session will bring different speakers to cover different aspects of autonomous mobility. It will be arranged in different learning settings, such as Keynotes, Workshops, Round Tables, and Case Studies to engage various learning methods in order to attain the best possible learning results.  

The Training Planning for Autonomous Mobility will last for a bit more than one month, with two sessions planned each week of the month so that the student has sufficient time to assimilate the provided information. For a more elaborated timetable of the training please consult below. 

Target Participants

Our tailored training targets a number of mobility professionals who are interested in deepening their knowledge, skills, and abilities to enhance their technical, business as well as professional competencies in autonomous vehicles while furthering their careers.  

Our experts: Wide Experience on Autonomous Mobility

Our experts, coming from various organisations, academia, and industries, are well-equipped to provide hands-on training on various aspects of autonomous mobility: technological, regulatory, economic, social, etc. They have proven track records of professional experience in leading multiple projects related to autonomous transport under their belt. They are 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. 

Founder & CIO

Harmonize Mobility

Director of Connected Automated Transportation Programme

University of Wisconsin


Autonomous Drivers Alliance (ADA)

National Leader, Sustainability & Resilience

Australian Road Research Board (ARRB)


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

Program Director, Operations

Safety and Mobility Division AASHTO

Director of Operations

Georgia (USA) Department of Transportation

Innovation Office Manager, ITS Division



International Road Federation

Senior Manager Membership & Innovation

International Road Federation


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

CAT Development Manager

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT)

Director Institute for Mobility

St. Gallen University

Managing Director

Neckermann Strategic Advisors

Digitalisation and Automated Driving

BMW Group

Head of Autonomous Vehicles

New Mobility Services, Keolis Group

European Regulatory Affairs Manager

3M Transportation Safety Division


Iowa Department of Transportation

Senior Consultant


Chief Operations Officer

Michigan Department of Transportation

Connected Vehicles, Arterial Managmement, Managed Lanes

Florida Department of Transportation


The training Planning for Autonomous Mobility is designed and planned by three partners – the International Road Federation, EIT Urban Mobility, and FACTUAL – who have a long-standing experience in the transport and mobility sectors and providing customized 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 organizers possess the necessary knowledge, experience, tools, and mastered specifically bespoke methodologies to provide high-level training to achieve maximum possible results. 

Course Objectives

This course aims at providing a comprehensive outlook on the current and future opportunities for autonomous mobility, engaging the most relevant stakeholders. 

The training modules will offer a comprehensive and detailed vision on autonomous mobility, focusing in: 

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

Understand the major long-term impacts of autonomous mobility in several areas, including its planning, transport services and infrastructure, the industry, economy, etc.

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

Understand how to manage the transition from current to autonomous mobility: how should the different stakeholders prepare for that?

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 related autonomous the technologies. 

  • Automotive and mobility industry managers, who will integrate the autonomous technology in their vehicles and will have to transform their operations and foresee potential business models.

  • Mobility research centres, who will be working on a steady improvement of the 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. 

Training Structure

The course will be structured in 4 modules and 9 different sessions in a complete online and synchronous format. Each of the 9 sessions will last 2h combining different speakers per session and diverse learning activities (Keynotes, Workshops, Round Tables, and Case Studies) aiming to provide a complete and tailored learning experience. 

Module 1: Introduction

Session 1: 

  • Training presentation, objectives and contents.

  • Keynote on challenges and opportunities for Autonomous Mobility. 
Module 2: The Long-term Vision 

Session 2: The new urban landscape 

  • How the autonomous vehicle will impact the urban context beyond mobility (vehicle ownership, logistics, social, digital, labour context).

Session 3: Long-distance travel and logistics 

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

Session 4: The economics of AVs 

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

Session 5: Curbside and sidewalk management 

  • How autonomous mobility will impact the management of pick-ups and drop-offs, in ride-hailing and last-mile logistics services. 
Module 3: State of Play

Session 6: AV deployments and technological readiness 

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

Session 7: AVs regulatory aspects 

  • How local, regional, and state authorities should prepare to accommodate the arrival of the autonomous vehicle. 

Module 4: Managing the Transition

Session 8: Case Studies

  • Identification of some of the best practices around the world that are introducing autonomous technology.

Session 9: the Role of OEMs and New Players

  • How OEMs should adapt to autonomous technology and the challenges that will face due to the arrival of new players.

2nd Edition in October 2022!

The 2nd edition of the training will be taking place in October 2022. Make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on our social media channels stay up-to-date with the latest information on this training.

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About IRF

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. 

About EIT Urban Mobility

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.