Perfecting Policy with Pilots: New Mobility and AV Urban Delivery Pilot Project Assessment

Over the past 10 years, new mobility and e-commerce has been changing buying habits and transportation behaviors. Communities want to better understand how these services impact the transportation system. Many public agencies conduct pilot projects that allow a limited number of commercially-operated vehicles (such as e-scooters, shuttles, or autonomous vehicles) on local streets to move people and goods. While there are efforts to track these projects and to analyze the impact by type of technology or mode, there is no study that has assessed multiple modes to better understand what we are learning from them collectively. The purpose of this study is to go beyond cataloging pilot projects to determine the lessons learned, emerging trends and considerations, and examples of promising practices from pilot projects in the United States and Canada. This study was designed to help public agencies understand what activities are most likely to help them achieve their pilot project goals. Researchers describe 10 recommended actions for all pilot projects, regardless of the mode. Researchers focused on pilot projects in the United States and Canada that involve testing of new mobility services and vehicles by mode: (1) Mobility of People: micromobility (shared bikes, e-scooters, and mopeds), transportation network company partnerships, microtransit, autonomous vehicles; and (2) Mobility of Goods: autonomous delivery devices and vehicles. To better understand the relationship between pilot projects and implementation policies, researchers at the Urbanism Next Center at the University of Oregon conducted a literature and policy review, and assessed 220 pilot projects as well as conducting 11 in-depth case studies (approximately two to three per mode). The study resulted in 31 lessons learned organized by pilot goals, evaluation, implementation, outcomes, and policy and infrastructure implications.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Bibliography; Figures; Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 149p

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  • Accession Number: 01774597
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2021 2:22PM