Automated and Connected Vehicle Implications and Analysis

Automated and connected vehicles (ACV) can significantly reduce crashes, energy consumption, pollution and the costs of congestion which in turn will offer a fundamental change to the U.S. transportation network. In September 2016, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued its policy for automated vehicles. The policy sets an approach to providing safety assurance and facilitating innovation through four key parts. The objective of this technology assessment project is to evaluate ACV technologies, actions, laws and policies that are now in place or proposed and to assess future ACV usage. The assessment also evaluates the highest level of automated vehicles called autonomous or self-driving vehicles and includes how electric vehicles (EVs) will participate in the future ACV transportation system. The future dollar value is huge with multi-billion dollar investments being made by auto manufacturers, ride sharing companies and technological innovators all looking to establish their positions. EVs will play a major role in this new future due to regulatory reasons (gas mileage and no urban emissions) and engineering reasons (fewer moving parts, reduced maintenance, and vehicles that are configured to drive, steer and brake by wire).


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    DTRT 13-G-UTC51

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Block, David

  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Central Florida

    P.O. Box 25000
    Orlando, FL  United States  32816
  • Principal Investigators:

    Block, David

  • Start Date: 20160104
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180930
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 36179

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01587389
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Electric Vehicle Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT 13-G-UTC51
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 21 2016 11:23AM