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Free Ride: Autonomous Vehicles and Their Impact on the Future of Parking Demand

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On Demand Webinar | Recorded January 2018

Just how challenging is the threat from autonomous vehicles? It seems that every article on the subject casually states that they will have a significant impact on parking. One number sometimes cited in such articles is a 90% reduction in vehicles and parking, which in turn is driving some urban planners to argue that all new parking structures should be designed for future conversion to other uses. Where did this 90% figure come from? Is it possible, much less realistic? 

First presented to a packed audience at the 2017 NPA Annual Convention, this highly informative webinar presents the latest research and insights into autonomous vehicles from one of the industry’s leading consultants. Mary Smith, P.E., PCC Fellow, Senior Vice President at Walker Consultants, will delve into the current state of autonomous vehicles, explore their potential impact on parking demand, and outline how you and the parking industry can be prepared to respond to these challenges.

Audience Takeaways:
  • Get an understanding of why so much capital is being invested in the development of AVs,
  • See academic and other research on the possible market penetration and time lines, and
  • Learn about studies of consumer acceptance of AVs.


Mary SmithMary Smith, P.E., PCC Fellow
Senior Vice President
Walker Consultants

Mary Smith is widely acknowledged as one of the leading parking planners and functional designers in the world. She is generally considered the parking industry’s “go to” person on vehicle sizes and parking dimensions, parking under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and more recently compliance with the Manual On Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).

She recently celebrated her 40th anniversary with Walker, and has been actively involved in all phases of parking planning and design for parking projects throughout the world. She has consulted on projects in Abu Dhabi, China, Dubai, Egypt, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Qatar, Russia, and Turkey. Her particular areas of expertise are pedestrian and vehicular circulation, wayfinding and flow capacity in mega-structures, and the integration of parking management, operations and functional design.

She is a member of NPA’s Parking Consultants Council.

Get Certified:

Participants in this webinar will qualify for 1 continuing education (CE) hour towards the CPP designation.


NPA Members: $35
Non-members: $55

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