Automated Electric Vehicle Campus Demonstration

Automated Transit Networks (ATN) refer to systems utilizing a fleet of robotically-controlled, driverless vehicles of moderate capacity (2 to 10 people) that delivers fully-automated, on demand, non-stop transportation service. Automated Vehicles (AV) offer all the advantages of ATN without their limitations. For example, AVs do not need expensive, elevated guideways for their operations, can be very easily integrated within the current transportation system, and are not limited to any track. The goal of this project is to evaluate the feasibility of integrating Automated Vehicles (AV) technology into the current transportation system. The project has three inter-related objectives. The first objective is to evaluate the technical feasibility, safety and reliability of using AV technology to provide for a self-driving vehicle capable of transporting passengers safely and reliably. The second objective is to research the public policy changes needed to allow for AVs to be driven on New York State public roads. Currently, AVs are not allowed on NYS roads, although other states such as California, Nevada and Florida allow them. Finally, the third objective is to conduct a detailed evaluation of the costs and benefits of using AV technology on a realistic case study involving the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus (BNMC) in downtown Buffalo. Proposed Actions: ⦁ The project will evaluate an electric AV shuttle bus on the North Campus of the University at Buffalo (UB) in Amherst, NY. Experimentation will be in controlled environments first, followed by some carefully designed experiments in the real-world driving environment of the north campus. ⦁ The Team will research US Federal legislation, policy and regulations related to AVs that will have the greatest impact on defining the testing and deployment of driverless bus technology in Western New York. ⦁ A case study will be conducted for the BNMC to assess the feasibility of an electric AV shuttle bus from a financial standpoint, as well as for evaluating the likely benefits in terms of cost savings, fuel savings and emissions reductions.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      New York State Department of Transportation

      50 Wolf Road
      Albany, NY  United States  12232
    • Project Managers:

      Hanrahan, Ellwood

    • Start Date: 20170801
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 0

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01737477
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New York State Department of Transportation
    • Contract Numbers: C-17-01, SPR2(219)
    • Files: RIP, STATEDOT
    • Created Date: Apr 23 2020 3:36PM