The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) will be appearing at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX, next week.

The agency is hosting special events, interactive sessions and a demonstration room next Monday and Tuesday (March 11 and 12). The special events will be held Monday at the Hilton  Downtown and Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin/Downtown Convention Center.  The five interactive sessions will be held Tuesday at the Courtyard. 

One session will discuss automation and its potential to transform the nation’s freight transportation system, as well as other topics that focus on the future of transportation, technology, investment, and innovation.

The US DOT’s goals for the event are to “…Support innovation, discuss key technologies that will shape transportation in the next 10 to 20 years, and help us pass the research baton to inspire the next big market solution.” Experts will be onsite to discuss featured projects, discuss US DOT services and to provide other information. Click here for more information about the event along with details about how the agency is preparing for the future of transportation. 

SXSW started as a music festival in 1987 and has since evolved into a mega event with gaming, a film festival, comedy event, speakers, and other special events, according to the SXSW website and wiki. The complete event runs from Mar. 8 through 17. 

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