An Assessment of Autonomous Vehicles: Traffic Impacts and Infrastructure Needs

This research project will survey Texans on vehicle and technology preferences, and then anticipate the adoption rates of various levels of vehicle automation and connectivity under different pricing, demographic, regional, and other scenarios. This approach will allow the research team and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to anticipate the benefits of such technologies for Texas households and businesses, at various levels of autonomous vehicle and connected vehicle (AV and CV) adoption, along with the economic impacts on different industry sectors (including vehicle repair and medical care industries), and the cost-effectiveness of various TxDOT interventions and protocols, in the design, management, and improvement of its transportation system. The project will deliver an assessment of connected and autonomous vehicles' (CAVs') benefits, costs and impacts for surface transportation systems; a detailed description of the adoption rates under multiple scenarios simulated; and recommended modifications for Texas transportation design, planning and project evaluation practices, to reflect AV impacts.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Texas Department of Transportation

    125 E. 11th Street
    Austin, TX  United States  78701-2483
  • Project Managers:

    Jensen, Darrin

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Texas, Austin

    Center for Transportation Research
    Austin, TX  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Kockelman, Kara

  • Start Date: 20150115
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161231
  • Source Data: RiP Project 38980

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01568873
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Texas Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 0-6847
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 30 2015 1:01AM