Evaluation Guidance for Automated Vehicle Pilot and Demonstration Projects

A number of pilot and demonstration automated vehicle (AV) projects are underway or planned in the United States and Europe. Each of these projects is intended to highlight different aspects of AV systems and their impacts on transportation, safety, and society. These local demonstrations are particularly important to gauge and foster societal acceptance since the public and policy-makers are often reluctant to believe that driverless technologies can work in their city, region, or country. Each of these pilot projects includes an evaluation phase, but each evaluation approach is different, so it is difficult to directly compare the results. Evaluations are often being done by an interested party who may have a vested interest in the outcome of the evaluation and therefore are not independent and may not be totally objective. A common framework for these evaluations could help to clearly identify the real benefits, impacts, risks, and issues of the AV technologies so that other organizations could more easily gain insights from the pilot organizations' experiences. Objective guidance on the accuracy and robustness of evaluation methodology could also increase the confidence in those results. The U.S. DOT is currently evaluating proposals for the Connected Vehicles Pilot Deployment Project (http://www.its.dot.gov/pilots/). Multiple awards are expected by Fall 2015. While these projects are focused on connected vehicle technologies rather than automated vehicle, many of the performance metrics and evaluation methods should be the same. A "Sources Sought" notice has been released for independent evaluation of the CV Pilot Deployments (https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=86abc4a62cdd10a27380dce8c8372eca&tab=core&_cview=0). The objective of the proposed research is to develop a common methodological approach to evaluating the benefits, impacts, costs, safety implications, and societal acceptance of automated vehicles for the experiences of AV pilot and demonstration projects. This will be done by developing guidance on how evaluation information can be collected and analyzed in a way that will enable objective comparisons among pilot and demonstration projects.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $75000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-102(04)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Derr, B

  • Start Date: 20150626
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 39947

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568388
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-102(04)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 27 2015 1:00AM