Quick-Response Research on Long-Term Strategic Issues. Task 27. Low-Speed Automated Vehicles (LSAV) in Public Transportation

Commercial deployment of Low-Speed Automated Vehicles (LSAV) --often called AV shuttles-- was projected to begin in about 2020, but is currently underway. Pioneering transit agencies are taking steps to conduct pilots and need guidance to successfully use this new technology. Nine pilots of LSAV services have been announced and another 40 communities and campuses have expressed interest in LSAV pilots. Some of the communities initiating the LSAV pilots include: (1) Arlington, TX; (2) Las Vegas, NV; (3) Tampa, FL; and (4) Jacksonville, FL. Transit agencies and their communities would benefit from research on the planning and implementation of the LSAV pilot initiatives. Research should identify actionable pathways to realize the core mission of public transportation, including accessibility, reliability and safety. Pilot LSAVs are not likely to replace many current transit routes; therefore their deployment should not lead to significant workforce displacement. Workforce displacement and re-training requirements that may result from future automation of transit services deserves a full examination in a separate research project. The objective of this research is to develop guidance for transit agencies and communities on the development and deployment of LSAV pilots. The guidance should provide lessons learned from the initial pilots that are underway and soon to be launched. The research should: (1) Conduct analyses of possible use cases for LSAVs, such as: First and last mile connections to existing transit services; Neighborhood circulators; Mobility deserts—areas hard to serve with traditional transit; and Integration and promotion of active transportation. (2) Develop guidance, including useful checklists, presenting approaches for: Goal-setting for automated technology; Technology and vendor evaluation; Operational planning and oversight; Technology implementation and deployment; Route preparation; Possible BRT conversion to automation; and Consumer acceptance.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $60000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-11, Task 27

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Schwager, Dianne

  • Performing Organizations:

    Mobility e3 LLC

    Arlington, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Conyer, Kelly

  • Start Date: 20181030
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190429
  • Actual Completion Date: 20190429

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01674392
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-11, Task 27
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 2 2018 9:03PM