12 Trends Transforming Transportation: Futurist Jack Uldrich to Deliver Keynote at AASHTO

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On November 23rd Futurist Jack Uldrich will keynote the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials Annual Meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Organizations must unlearn old, obsolete knowledge and old ways of doing business, before they can seize tomorrow’s opportunities.

Robin Chase, the founder and CEO of Buzzcar, a peer-to-peer car sharing service, and co-founder and former CEO of Zipcar says,"Transportation is the center of the world! It is the glue of our daily lives. When it goes well, we don't see it. When it goes wrong, it negatively colors our day, makes us feel angry and impotent, curtails our possibilities."

Starting today, through November 23rd, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Annual Meeting will be taking place in Charlotte, NC. AASHTO is one of the industry’s most important gatherings of transportation, government and commercial organizations. Their Annual Meeting offers transportation executives the opportunity to network and share the latest in industry policies and innovations. The group has chosen global futurist Jack Uldrich as one of their keynote speakers to discuss the possibilities that will transform the industry, and round out their series of events on the 23rd.

AASHTO represents all five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail, and water. Its primary goal is to foster the development, operation, and maintenance of an integrated national transportation system. Uldrich, who will deliver his keynote, "Foresight 20/20: 12 Trends Transforming the Transportation of Tomorrow" speaks over 100 times a year to a wide variety of businesses and organizations in transportation, health care, agriculture, education, energy, finance, retail and manufacturing. He argues that creativity and action are more powerful and versatile than knowledge, and he provides provocative new perspectives on competitive advantage, change management and transformational leadership to his audience members.

Uldrich says, "What a lot of people don't realize is that there is an 800 pound gorilla sitting in the room right now, in the form of new and emerging technologies, and it's beating it's chest indicating it will transform virtually every part of your business. But many people don't see it because their attention is focused elsewhere. As a futurist I have the luxury of stepping back and looking at the big picture and helping people embrace that gorilla without fear."

In his book, Foresight 20/20, Uldrich says, "In the near future there may be no need to own a vehicle. Having an expensive asset sitting unused 90-95 percent of the time, losing value, has never been the wisest idea but there just hasn’t been a better option unless you live in an area with excellent public transit. Although we certainly don’t expect every car on the road to be self-driving by 2020, we do expect transportation to look far different than it does today."

In addition to sharing insights from his book on things like driver-less cars, he'll outline eleven other upcoming trends and emerging technologies that will profoundly affect transportation such as collaborative consumption (like Buzzcar & Zipcar) biofuels, fuel cell technology, sensors and The Internet of Things for the AASHTO audience members.

Parties interested in learning more about Jack, his books, his daily blog or his speaking availability are encouraged to visit his website. Media wishing to know more about either the event or interviewing Jack as a futurist or trend expert can contact Amy Tomczyk at (651) 343.0660.

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