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Peak Performance track sessions focus on strategy and big picture thinking.

Autonomous Vehicles: Research, Planning & Perspectives on the Future of Parking Demand Public & Private >>

Autonomous Parking By the Numbers: Myth vs Reality >>

Harwood Legal Forum >>

Executive Sustainability Series >>

Autonomous Vehicles: Research, Planning & Perspectives on the Future of Parking Demand Public & Private

Tuesday, October 3, 10:45 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

It seems that every article on autonomous vehicles (AVs) almost 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 90% come from? Is it possible, much less realistic?

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. Get a parking perspective from one of the industry’s leading consultants on how and why the parking industry should prepare today for possible future impacts on parking space demand, parking structure conversion and the impact on the city of the future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the many different voices, opinions and projections of the impact of autonomous vehicles on vehicle ownership and travel patterns.
  2. Find out how the parking industry can and should get ready for autonomous vehicles in future asset usage and when designing for future adaptive reuse makes sense…and when it doesn’t.
  3. Arm yourself with the facts to understand and plan for the future of parking with your team, your customers, and your community.


Mary Smith
Senior Vice President
Walker Parking Consultants


Mark Pratt
HighTech Ventures

Autonomous Parking by the Numbers: Myth vs Reality

Tuesday, October 3, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

Technology is changing at an ever increasing pace. But, people change at a different rate. Will autonomous vehicles take the parking market by storm? Or, will autonomous parking adoption be slowed by 1) urban infrastructure; 2) a 10 year+ turnover cycle in car purchasing and 3) the rising cost of high tech vehicles? Will autonomous cars be fleet vehicles or personal vehicles—the answers impact parking demand. Find out how population impacts the number of car owners and the stability of parking demand over time.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn about the reports on autonomous vehicle development and the pace of change.
  2. Find out how demographic, population, car ownership and driving preference data signal stable parking demand.
  3. Get a researcher’s insights into the trends shaping autonomous vehicles and a perspective on timing related to the parking industry.


Dale Denda
Director of Research


Mark Pratt
HighTech Ventures

Harwood Legal Forum: Effectively Managing FLSA Labor Rules and Paid Employee Leave

Wednesday, October 4, 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

In this session, employment attorney and litigator, Mike Stevens of Arent Fox, Washington, D.C. shares the latest in employment law and his expert advice on two major compliance areas for the parking industry: the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and paid employee leave. Find out how to comply with the law, minimize exposure to fines and legal claims and set policy at your organization. Gain a strong understanding of what FSLA means to your operation. Learn how paid employee leave is an area of managing policy and your P/L effectively.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand FSLA and new California laws that impact the parking industry.
  2. Learn about the trend of paid leave laws sweeping the country and how to minimize your exposure to legal claims.
  3. Find out how you can comply with the lawn and manage the accrual and payout of leave.

Michael Stevens
Arent Fox, LLP


Executive Sustainability Series

Wednesday, October 4, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Executive Sustainability Series features an interview with a parking leader who is dedicated to greener parking practices. In this interview format session, a lively Q&A reveals the everyday and innovative practices that are promoting greener parking, effective resources management and a bottom line focus on doing well by doing good. The case study interview will be conducted by Jeff Pinyot of ECO Parking Lights, the sponsor of this session.

Learning Objectives:


  1. Learn ways to incorporate green practices into your parking and transportation operations.
  2. Get tips on promoting green practices and encouraging green practices in operations.
  3. Find out green ROI supports mixed use trends with live, play, work.

Jeff Pinyot
ECO Lighting Solutions