Further Examination of Issues Related to Self-Driving Vehicles in Minnesota, with a focus on Equity

The technology portion of the TPEC project has focused on the potential policy implications of self-driving vehicles (SDV’s) for its first 3 years. The work produced a white paper the first year, symposium on the topic in the second year, a series of roundtables investigating various impacts in the third year, and results of a task force focused on the potential equity impacts of self-driving vehicles in Minnesota. One result of the 4th year task force work was the revelation that, compared to emerging visions for deployment of self-driving vehicles in densely-populated urban areas, little work has been done to develop a vision for the optimal deployment of this technology(ies) in low-density suburbs, smaller cities and towns, and rural areas. In the coming year, work in this area will take advantage of the outreach and education activities listed in Task 4 to receive input from local elected officials and staff in Greater Minnesota that can be used as inputs towards developing such a vision. In addition, the research team will monitor other developments in transportation technologies, and consider white papers as appropriate.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Center for Transportation Studies

      University of Minnesota
      500 Washington Avenue SE, TSB 200
      Minneapolis, MN  United States  55118
    • Principal Investigators:

      Douma, Frank

    • Start Date: 20170701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20180630
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

    Subject/Index Terms

    • TRT Terms: Equity (Justice)
    • Subject Areas: Economics; Highways; Planning and Forecasting; Policy; Vehicles and Equipment;

    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01582663
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
    • Contract Numbers: CTS-2017055
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: Dec 2 2015 12:12PM