Modeling Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technologies by Freight Organizations

Over the last few years, a rapid explosion of new technologies has created opportunities to address critical freight transportation challenges in urban, suburban and rural areas. Some examples of new technologies include expansion of e-commerce, 3-D printing, deliveries by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones), and potential applications of automated and connected vehicles in freight transportation (e.g. truck platooning). These new technologies are also influencing consumer behavior and thereby reshaping freight supply chains at the urban, regional, and international level. The autonomous vehicle technologies use new features including smartphones, vehicle fleet tracking (global positioning system (GPS), and location-based systems), sensors (vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V), vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I)), enhanced imaging technologies, and other sources that arise from broader smart city initiatives. While the fully autonomous vehicle technology is yet to come, some of the new features are already available and some freight organizations are already adopting them. These new technologies and data sources are creating new challenges for freight planners in identifying the potential non-adopters and adopters. In addition, how the adoption will vary over time. Adoption methods available from consumer behavior research are mostly based on individuals and limited to organizations. The general adoption methods cannot be directly used in modeling adoption of freight organizations. The main objectives of this project are to (1) review rapidly emerging technologies affecting freight planning and operations; (2) survey stakeholders to identify their inclination, and (3) outline future research steps necessary to meet future local agencies, metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and state departments of transportation (DOTs) freight planning and performance evaluation needs.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $179523
    • Contract Numbers:


    • Sponsor Organizations:

      United States Department of Transportation - FHWA - LTAP

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC    20590

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Freight Mobility Research Institute

      Florida Atlantic University
      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431
    • Project Managers:

      Stearns, Amy

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Memphis

      Center for Intermodal Freight Transportation Studies
      3815 Central Avenue
      Memphis, TN  United States  38152

      Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton

      Boca Raton, FL  United States  33431
    • Principal Investigators:

      Mishra, Sabyasachee

      Golias, Mihalis

      Kaisar, Evangelos

    • Start Date: 20170901
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01677604
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Freight Mobility Research Institute
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747120
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Aug 11 2018 10:16PM