Greater Sustainability with Autonomous Vehicles?

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN

  • The state of autonomous vehicle research and development
  • The range of challenges and opportunities automated vehicles present, from a variety of stakeholders
  • What you can do now to enable autonomous vehicle policies that have the greatest positive impact

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Automated vehicles have great potential to remake transportation completely. With self-driving cars, personal car ownership could be significantly reduced, and with it the industry’s understanding of trip generation and vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Ridesharing could become mainstream, the total fleet of personal transportation vehicles could be significantly reduced, and so-called “empty ” VMT could emerge as a critical metric in the evaluation of congestion and greenhouse-gas emissions. However, it is also possible that in some travel markets shared mobility fails to gain traction, and automated vehicles only induce demand for driving and owning more household vehicles. Possible implications for transit and the built environment also vary significantly between utopian and dystopian scenarios. While the future may seem too uncertain to proactively implement progressive policies, there are concrete actions planners, decision-makers, and other stakeholders can take to embrace technological change while furthering sustainability goals.

Listen to a panel of public and private sector experts from across the country as they discuss the range of opportunities and challenges autonomous vehicles present to sustainability.