Impact of Personal Attitudes on Propensity to Use Autonomous Vehicles for Intercity Travel

The autonomous vehicles are about to become a reality. One of the primary objectives of this study was to create a model of traveler behavior for intercity travel that takes the information about personal attitudes and norms into account. A large body of literature show that such models should include socio-demographic variables, such as age, gender and income, as well as personal attitudes towards travel and life, such as feeling of dependence on cars, concerns about safety and flexibility of schedules. The researchers use the general framework of the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) to account for these variables. The main idea behind this theory is that the behavior can be explained by the personal intentions, which in turn can be explained by a set of attitudes, subjective norms and behavioral controls. By studying the attitudes, norms and controls, accurate models of intentions and future behavior can be created. The main research problem of this study is to analyze the factors that influence the propensity to use autonomous vehicles in the future. The study aims at incorporating the information about personal attitudes into the model of future travel behavior. This is one of the first studies that applies TPB to modelling the intercity travel behavior.

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    • This document was sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation, University Transportation Centers Program.
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    Technologies for Safe and Efficient Transportation University Transportation Center

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  • Authors:
    • Ryerson, Megan
    • Tereshchenko, Ivan
  • Publication Date: 2016


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Research Report
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12p

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  • Accession Number: 01603603
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTG11
  • Created Date: May 27 2016 9:49AM