Evaluating the Impacts of Deploying Automated Roads for Infrastructure-Enabled Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous driving technology is expected to bring dramatic societal, environmental, and economic benefits due to its potential for improving traffic safety, vehicle fuel economy, road capacity, travel speed, and driver productivity. However, focusing on AV technology alone may potentially slow the penetration of AVs and consequently slow the realization of societal benefits from AVs. In order to safely drive itself in various road environments, an AV needs to be equipped with expensive sensor systems and additional hardware and software. The high cost of AVs can be a significant barrier to their broad adoption. Integrating transportation infrastructure enhancement into the realization of autonomous driving can potentially promote the development and adoption of AVs. This project proposes a modeling framework for the planning and evaluation of an infrastructure-enabled autonomous driving system. The proposed project will accomplish the following two objectives:1) Develop a new network equilibrium model to describe road users' vehicle type and route choice behaviors in a transportation network with automated roads; 2) Investigate the strategic planning of automated roads in a general transportation network.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

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

    Mountain-Plains Consortium

    North Dakota State University
    Fargo, ND  United States  58108
  • Project Managers:

    Tolliver, Denver

  • Performing Organizations:

    Civil & Environmental Engineering Department

    Utah State University
    Logan, UT  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Song, Ziqi

  • Start Date: 20200218
  • Expected Completion Date: 20240731
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program
  • Source Data: MPC-624

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01733134
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747108
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Mar 6 2020 5:24PM