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#302 Planning for self-driving cars


Principal Investigator
Erick Guerra
Status
Completed
Start Date
Dec. 2, 2013
End Date
Dec. 21, 2015
Research Type
Advanced
Grant Type
Research
Grant Program
MAP-21 TSET National (2013 - 2018)
Grant Cycle
TSET - University of Pennsylvania
Visibility
Public

Abstract

Through a review of long-range transportation plans and interviews with planners, this report examines how large Metropolitan Planning Organizations are preparing for autonomous vehicles. In just a few years, the prospect of commercially available self-driving cars and trucks has gone from a futurist fantasy to a likely near-term reality. However, uncertainties about the new technology and its relationship to daily investment decisions have kept mention of self-driving cars out of nearly all long-range transportation plans. Nevertheless, interviewees are keeping a close watch on the new technology and actively looking to understand and plan for future impacts.     
Description
Through a review of long-range transportation plans and interviews with planners, this report examines how large Metropolitan Planning Organizations are preparing for autonomous vehicles. In just a few years, the prospect of commercially available self-driving cars and trucks has gone from a futurist fantasy to a likely near-term reality. However, uncertainties about the new technology and its relationship to daily investment decisions have kept mention of self-driving cars out of nearly all long-range transportation plans. Nevertheless, interviewees are keeping a close watch on the new technology and actively looking to understand and plan for future impacts.     
Timeline
December 2013 - May 2015    
Deployment Plan
    
Expected Accomplishments and Metrics
    

Individuals Involved

Email Name Affiliation Role Position
erickg@upenn.edu Guerra, Erick University of Pennsylvania PI Faculty - Tenured

Budget

Amount of UTC Funds Awarded
$40000.00
Total Project Budget (from all funding sources)
$

Documents

Type Name Uploaded
Final Report Guerra_-_Planning_for_Automated_Vehicles_-_TSET_final_report.pdf Feb. 15, 2019, 6:26 a.m.
Publication Cities, Automation, and the Self-parking Elephant in the Room Dec. 8, 2020, 1:14 a.m.

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