Getting proactive rather than reactive in AV infrastructure planning

The tidal wave of change is nearly upon us. All of the world's major automobile manufacturers and many major software developers are investing heavily in the development of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and related products. It is anticipated that various forms of these vehicles will be commercially available and operating on our streets within the next 5 years, possibly even earlier. Unfortunately, our approach to planning of major transport infrastructure is lagging well behind the pointy end of the vehicle development and needs to work hard to catch up. CAV manufacturers are taking many different approaches to the vehicle development and the actual outcomes remain unclear – the VHS versus Beta battle of the 1980s is pertinent. Planners and modellers need to be forward thinking to plan ahead to ensure that the infrastructure is ready for the CAV revolution. As the likely CAV reality remains unclear planners and modellers need to develop tools to test scenarios to inform the adaptation of transport networks. This paper presents CAV modelling challenges and options to effectively model the different scenarios that may evolve in coming years. Adaptable tools need to be developed for application ASAP. The time to act is now (or sometime before now).


  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 16p
  • Monograph Title: AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference, 15-18 August 2017, Melbourne

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  • Accession Number: 01664018
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 22 2018 12:29PM