Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies

Driving Towards Driverless: A Guide for Government Agencies

Driverless vehicles will likely have a huge impact on our future; however, it is the government’s actions (now and in the future) that will determine how they are integrated into society and if the impacts are largely positive or negative. The intent of this guide is to outline the role of government in the integration of driverless vehicles in society and present the information that local and regional governments need to inform planning and decision-making – now and in the future.

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Near-Term planning activities include: Staying educated on driverless vehicle programs, incorporating driverless vehicles into city goals, establishing communications and/or coalitions with driverless vehicle stakeholders, supporting testing activities, establishing policies and plans with considerations for the future, and encouraging open data sharing.

Medium to Long-term planning activities include: Updating travel demand models, evaluating road capacity needs, assessing transit service delivery plans and fleet requirements, forecasting financial implications, eliminating/reducing parking and adding more drop off/pick-up locations, adding electric vehicle charging infrastructure, developing new predictive models for pavement maintenance, and designating/certifying roads for driverless and/pr manual operation.

Policy activities include: updating roadway policies and infrastructure to manage VMT impacts, adjusting land use policies to reduce urban sprawl, adjusting the tax/fee structure to dis-incentivize car ownership and/or parking, altering parking policies to reduce the need for private parking, and changing transit pricing.

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