News Release: April 18, 2018

The Intersection of Planning and Technology

See how cutting-edge innovation enhances the planning process at NPC18.

NEW ORLEANS — Innovative planning uses news tools and technology to empower people, improve local services, and expand prosperity. The Tech Zone at the American Planning Association’s 2018 National Planning Conference (NPC18) in New Orleans is the place to try cutting-edge tools, experience new technology, and see how technology and planning intersect.

Returning once again is “Immersed,” the popular virtual reality experience from Tech Zone sponsor FEMA. Through the VR experience, users are at the center of a flood crisis and can assess and strategize to mitigate damage to see the benefits of flood mitigation first-hand.

New this year is the Mobility Hub, APA’s comprehensive approach to planning for an autonomous future and helping communities navigate the new technology. Attendees can explore an autonomous vehicle model up close: May Mobility’s six seater. 4D planning tools, smart city technology, and protecting pedestrians using connected vehicle technology will also be featured. The Mobility Hub builds upon APA’s ongoing work to help communities factor what considerations and actions should be taken immediately and in the near future.

During NPC18, an AV shuttle from EasyMile, operated by Transdev will be hitting the road. Attendees who donate at least $20 to the APA Foundation will be entered in a drawing to win a ride in the EZ10 and hear first-hand from Corey Clothier, co-founder and technology strategist for Mobility e3, who led the first AV pilot in the U.S.

The Tech Zone presentation stage will feature a variety of 30-minute, tech-focused sessions. Sessions will run while the Exhibit Hall is open, Sunday through Tuesday morning.

The Tech Zone is made possible by generous support from the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), Crown Castle, Transdev, ME3, May Mobility, APA Divisions Council Smart Cities and Sustainability Initiative; Blue Bikes; Calthorpe/UrbanFootprint; Cityworks; Kim Lundgren Associations; OpenCounter; ePropertyPlus by STR; Urban Insight; Urbanlogiq; and Via.  others.

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Roberta Rewers, APA, 312-786-6395;