Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 2040 Vision

Connected Vehicle research within the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) is a multimodal program that involves using wireless communication between vehicles, infrastructure, and personal communications devices to improve safety, mobility, and environmental sustainability. This research study is based on the assumption that connected vehicle technology will be incorporated into all motor vehicles, including automobiles, freight trucks, and transit buses. Simultaneously, the US DOT has begun researching the implications of autonomous technology, including fully automated vehicles. Using a design year of 2040, this research will evaluate implications on the highway infrastructure within the Pittsburgh region in southwestern PA. In addition, the study assumes that the Mon-Fayette Expressway and the Southern Beltway have been fully constructed, with the exception of SR 0051 to Pittsburgh.