Autonomous Vehicle Feasibility Study – Final Report

Massive employment growth at the Tahoe Reno Industrial Center (TRIC), with housing stock primarily in the Reno/Sparks area – and a constrained transportation corridor (I-80) connecting the two – is leading to significant congestion with the potential to slow desired economic development in the region. In addition to other strategies under consideration by the Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), such as shared mobility systems or widening of I80 to accommodate existing and future commuter traffic, the objective of this study was to determine the potential ridership and design standard requirements of a dedicated AV facility (potentially a single lane or one lane in each direction with consideration of one-lane bridges as a cost savings measure) that would reduce construction costs by inhibiting heavy-duty truck or bus usage. The AV-only roadway is anticipated to incorporate technology from both AV and connected vehicle (CV) roadside technology to support optimized use, vehicle platooning and lane management functions. The following AV Feasibility Study Framework was developed by the research team to allow NDOT to apply the same decision-making framework not only to this study, but also to any future AV roadway studies: (1) Identify Potential AV Developer Partners; (2) Review AV Developer Product Roadmap; (3) Identify Mutually Beneficial Use Cases; (4) Determine Physical and Intelligent Transportation System Infrastructure Needs; (5) Identify Suitable Nevada Corridor; and (6) Estimate Benefits of Use Cases. Extensive outreach to potential users revealed a strong preference to test AVs on roads shared with non-AVs – a more practical and immediate application of technology. NDOT will continue to promote advanced transportation technology solutions, and armed with the findings documented in this final report, has a better understanding of how to do so.

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    Cambridge Systematics

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    Nevada Department of Transportation

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  • Authors:
    • Jensen, Mark
    • Andersen, Dan
    • Marecek, Alice
    • Anson, Chad
  • Publication Date: 2019-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 86p

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  • Accession Number: 01731978
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 592-18-803
  • Contract Numbers: Agreement P592-18-803
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2020 10:51AM