Preparing for a Driverless Future

Background: Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are widely considered to be the future of surface transportation in the US, but little is understood about how people will interact with these vehicles, what they will use them for, and how they will impact our roads. However, farmers have been interacting with some degree of AV technology, primarily auto-guidance, in Nebraska for at least the last 10 year. This research first aims to identify what transportation engineers and planners can learn from the agricultural sector when it comes to preparing for driverless future. We then aim to understand the transportation implications of AVs for rural Nebraskans to help with NDOT planning efforts around this technology. The researchers will first interview farmers and autonomous farm equipment sellers to understand existing issues and their implications for our roads. Objective: This research is necessary to address fundamental question s regarding AVs, including: What are the lessons learned from partially-autonomous farm equipment usage? What are rural Nebraskans perceptions of autonomous vehicles? How can engineers, planners and policy-makers be proactive in preparing for AVs?


    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $107,060.00
    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Nebraska Department of Transportation

      1500 Nebraska 2
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68502
    • Project Managers:

      Halsey, Lieska

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Nebraska, Lincoln

      1400 R Street
      Lincoln, NE  United States  68588
    • Principal Investigators:

      Piatkowski, Daniel

    • Start Date: 20190701
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
    • Actual Completion Date: 20201231
    • USDOT Program: Transportation, Planning, Research, and Development

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01705671
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Nebraska Department of Transportation
    • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: May 23 2019 12:04PM