Connected and Automated Future of Transportation for Kansas

Connected and automated transportation is gaining visibility and traction across the nation. Different dimensions of this disruptive technology have been studied by diverse domains—technologies & operations, economics, planning & policy, and ethics. Currently, 29 states in the US have approved legislation regarding the operations of autonomous vehicles. As underscored by the US Government, it is important to support surface transportation innovations to maintain the US lead in connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technology development with primarily focusing on safety, security, and data privacy. Evidently, the success in CAV deployment will depend on the collaboration and technology adaptation by the stakeholders from industry, state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, academia, not-for-profit organizations, standards development organizations (SDO), and the Federal Government. The state, local, and Tribal governments have well-defined roles regarding understanding and developing regulations regarding CAVs within their respective jurisdictions. The US DOT funded ten automated vehicle proving grounds in 2017, and recently, Automated Driving System demonstration grants were funded to research facilities as well to test the CAV technologies. As of now, more than ten states now have significant CV pilot projects, and many more are in the planning phases. To embrace the wave and build the connected and automated future thriving towards safe, efficient, and sustainable transportation, there is a need to better understand the challenges and opportunities with connected and automated transportation within the context of the existing planning, operations, and road infrastructure of the state of Kansas. The key objectives of this project are to: (1) Synthesize the existing practices regarding defining and executing the regulations and policies regarding transitioning to the CAV environment. (2) Create a knowledge base to understand how other state agencies across the nation are preparing the transition to connected and automated transportation landscape. The focus is to identify the anticipated barriers for CAV deployment and to recognize what can be adapted from other states who are already transitioning to the CAV environment. (3) Develop the CAV testbed development roadmap for Kansas that identifies the roles of different stakeholders—KDOT, MPOs, Counties—as well as the technological and policy level challenges along with potential solutions.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $35868
    • Contract Numbers:

      K-TRAN: KSU-21-5



    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Kansas Department of Transportation

      Eisenhower State Office Building
      700 SW Harrison Street
      Topeka, KS  United States  66603-3754
    • Performing Organizations:

      Kansas State University Transportation Center

      Kansas State University
      Department of Civil Engineering
      Manhattan, KS  United States  66506
    • Principal Investigators:

      Aziz, Husain

    • Start Date: 20200701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20221231
    • Actual Completion Date: 20230918

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01760098
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Kansas Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: K-TRAN: KSU-21-5, RE-0810-01, C2165
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Dec 15 2020 1:34PM