The Drive Toward Change: Use Cases for Automated Vehicles

The Drive Toward Change: Use Cases for Automated Vehicles

The development of automated vehicles is moving into the deployment phase. Automation is being tested in vehicles as well as buses, trains, trucks, and tractors. Some initial deployment could occur in Oregon in the form of pilot programs for a low-speed passenger shuttle and a truck-mounted attenuator. This guide focuses on potential impacts for the next five to fifteen years and discusses policy implications for each use case of automated vehicles.

Key findings

Introduction of automated local delivery vehicles could change our transportation system by increasing demand for online retail and increase access to on-demand delivery services, such as food delivery.

Adoption of automated interregional transit vehicles could improve safety, provide more frequent service, create more opportunity for travel between cities and make longer commutes more feasible, and reduce congestion.

Automated regional transit could change the transportation system by improving safety, decreasing congestion, reducing cost of fares,allowing more frequent service, increasing mobility for those who cannot or choose not to drive, and increasing access to underserved areas.

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