Autonomous Vehicle Feasibility Study (NDOT 592-18-803)

The objective of this study is to determine the potential ridership and design standard requirements of a dedicated autonomous vehicle facility in the state of Nevada. The facility, which could potentially be the first of its kind in North America, would focus primarily on the reduction of construction costs by inhibiting heavy duty truck or bus usage, yet would incorporate both connected vehicle roadside technology and autonomous driving referred to as CAV here. The conditions through the I-80 Truckee River Canyon uniquely position Nevada to launch a pilot project for CAV Enhanced Infrastructure. This Autonomous Vehicle Feasibility Study does not serve to determine the feasibility of the autonomous driving technology itself, but rather to evaluate the requirements that would not only enable an AV-only lane(s) to attract enough demand to address a specific traffic issue, but also draw in enough investments to keep the corridor fully funded. The research therefore would center on two key areas: • Determine through assessment, sketch planning and simulation, potential ridership levels, lane and bridge options/configurations, technology infrastructure, and potential benefits and costs to develop a first of its’ kind CAV Enhanced Infrastructure facility between Reno/Sparks and the TRI Center. This will provide a direct set of quantitative results regarding feasibility. • Examine and begin the initial steps in the development of a Public Private Partnership formation to provide the necessary funding mechanisms for constructing the facility, which could potentially include leasing the facility to various vendors or allowing a proposer to fund the facility with repayment from user fees from the vehicles. This will provide a qualitative assessment of the feasibility of the business/funding case.


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  • Status: Terminated
  • Funding: $375453
  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Nevada Department of Transportation

    1263 South Stewart Street
    Carson City, NV  United States  89712
  • Managing Organizations:

    Nevada DOT Research

    1263 South Stewart St
    Carson City, Nevada  United States  89712
  • Project Managers:

    Kumar, Manju

    Mortensen, Cole

  • Performing Organizations:

    Cambridge Systematics

    2715 Southview Avenue
    Arroyo Grande, California  United States  93420
  • Principal Investigators:

    Jensen, Mark

  • Start Date: 20181115
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190930

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01668531
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 7 2018 1:38PM