An Urban Agenda for Autonomous Vehicles: Embedding Planning Principles into Technological Deployment

Autonomous vehicles (AVs) are poised to dramatically reshape the transportation system. They are likely to have significant consequences on urban transportation issues: energy use, vehicle miles traveled, the need for neighborhood parking, the ease of accessing employment, and the incidence of pollution—in both positive and negative directions. National-level governments have typically played the primary roles in overseeing transportation policies, but such actors pay little attention to urban policy and are likely to simply reaffirm the status quo of a privately owned, car-dominated transportation system in their approach to AVs. Municipal policy, on the other hand, offers the opportunity to intervene on behalf of improved planning outcomes, yet most cities thus far lack a coherent strategy or sufficient capacity to respond to technological innovation in transportation. This research is intended to fill this gap, offering approaches that allow cities to welcome AVs into their transportation systems while also aiding municipalities in achieving their planning goals. The research team will conduct new survey- and model-based research to assess the potential implications of varying AV-focused planning policies, while providing new materials and conducting significant outreach to local government officials.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $100000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Transportation

    Research and Special Programs Administration
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC    20590

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge

    77 Massachusetts Avenue
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02139
  • Principal Investigators:

    Zhao, Jinhua

  • Start Date: 20180901
  • Expected Completion Date: 20190630
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01706607
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT`3-G-UTC13
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: May 28 2019 12:54PM