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CAVs and Communities: What Community Leaders Need to Know

by KC SmartPort Intern | Jun 06, 2017

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR), an independent, non-profit, research organization focused on industry-driven research and analyses, provided a report on connected and automated vehicles (CAV) technologies. According to CAR, these technologies have the potential to improve safety, traffic congestion, and fundamentally change mobility around the world. CAV technologies allow vehicles to sense their surroundings and communicate with each other and the roadside to help prevent crashes, optimize traffic flow, and save time and energy.

CAR reports the full deployment of CAVs is decades away at best, but urges government officials, planners, and economic developers to begin understanding this new technology and its potential influence on communities. Though time frames for full deployment of automated vehicles vary widely, even limited CAV operations could substantially affect transportation infrastructure and travel patterns.

Communities must begin to plan for the outcomes they want or risk an uncontrolled development process. CAR recommends communities consider the following:

  • Infrastructure needs
  • Shifting parking needs
  • Drop-off and pick-up zones
  • Sprawl
  • Realistic implementation timelines
  • Technology needs
  • Federal programs and standards
  • Regulatory considerations

The Center for Automotive Research developed a report, titled Planning for Connected and Automated Vehicles, which provides a detailed summary of the potential impacts of CAV technology on regional infrastructure investment decisions, transportation systems, land use patterns, and regulatory aspects for policymaker consideration.

Read the full report.



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