My name is Nathaniel Horadam – Native Texan, Vandy alum, former Accenture management consultant, shameless Atlanta booster, and current transportation planning graduate student at Georgia Tech.
In early 2015, after three years of working on exclusively federal IT projects, I’d started to recognize the increasingly important role cities were playing in driving societal change. Automated vehicles had captured my imagination, and I saw cities as the primary facilitators of their deployment (this seems less likely today). At the time, I was performing a variety of supply chain and project management functions on a federal cloud architecture program, and I’d seen first-hand the challenges of scaling infrastructure where the failure tolerance was effectively zero. I guessed whoever ended up operating AV fleets would severely underestimate the challenges and costs associated with redundancies and cybersecurity.
(I was right. As of February 2018, try finding a single AV market analysis that factors network costs into operating expenses.)
So I decided to study cities and urban transportation systems to better understand the demand side of automated vehicle deployments. And because I love Atlanta, I chose to do it here, at Georgia Tech (sorry, Philly). I’ve moved well beyond network architecture, and these days spend most of my time researching deployment models and challenges – physical, digital or regulatory – that AVs will need to overcome to scale successfully.