CALIFORNIA PATH PROGRAM MANAGER
Benjamin McKeever is the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Program Manager at the California PATH Program of the University of California at Berkeley. He is responsible for the development and growth of a robust and comprehensive program in the area of CAV research, currently focused on advancing CAV technology and applications from research to deployment throughout the United States. This effort will help instruct Caltrans in how it can best support CAV deployment in California, as well as confirm California’s enduring leadership in the development of CAV technology.
Prior to joining PATH in 2016, Mr. McKeever gained over 20 years of experience working in both the private and public sectors delivering intelligent transportation system (ITS) solutions to improve safety and mobility on our transportation network. ITS enables the deployment of CAVs -- leading to a more efficient use of the roadway system. CAV implementation has the potential to reduce congestion, lower greenhouse gas emissions, and increase safety. Ben has worked with automotive manufacturers, state transportation agencies, and other technology deployers to assess the policy implications (e.g., privacy, security, economic, regulatory) of various ITS deployment scenarios. Along the way he has developed industrial partnerships, cultivated prospective funding opportunities, and collaborated with Principal Investigators (PIs) and faculty members to identify crucial research interests to fulfill sponsor goals.
Mr. Mckeever’s recent projects and activities include serving as PI on the Caltrans CAV Strategic Plan and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority Automated Driving System Safety Assessment project, developing a CAV Research Roadmap, managing the FHWA Truck Platooning Early Deployment Assessment, and supporting an AV Industry Survey of Infrastructure Needs. His research interests revolve around systems engineering, transportation engineering, CAV, and project management. Past special projects include advising on key policy issues for USDOT's CAV Programs and authoring an Automated Vehicle Policy Research Needs White Paper for FHWA. In addition to his other responsibilities, he was recently appointed to the Intelligent Transportation Society of California (ITSCA) Board of Directors and also provides technical support to graduate researchers.
Mr. McKeever holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics from the University of Virginia. He is a registered Civil Engineer in California and Missouri.
Shladover, Steven; McKeever, Ben. Early Opportunities to Apply Automation in California Managed Lanes. July 2019. https://dot.ca.gov/-/media/dot-media/programs/research-innovation-system...
McKeever, Ben. California Connected Vehicle Testbed. Connected Auto, Winter 2017. pp 47- 51. https://issuu.com/connectedauto/docs/ca_winter-2017_5_issuu