Exploring the Connected and Automated Vehicles Landscape: Evaluation, Analysis and Recommendations

Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) are an emerging technology that offer the potential to dramatically alter the safety, economics, and societal role of driving. Due to the critical role CAVs will have in transportation industry, numerous qualitative interviews and surveys have been conducted in the past to gather opinions on CAV issues of interest to consumers and automotive firms. Previous works have emphasized surveying the public, corporate executives, and legal professionals. Detailed interviews with CAV technical experts and thought leaders are extremely rare. The objective of this study is to expand on prior CAV works through conducting extensive interviews and surveys with CAV technical professionals and thought leaders. CAV opinions contributed by these individuals will fill the existing void, allowing for more informed decisions on CAV matters in the future. Several key conclusions were made from this study. Market introduction of autonomous vehicles (AVs) will take two directions: vehicles with low autonomy will be available at retail platforms and vehicles with high autonomy will play a major role in Transportation-as-a-service. Furthermore, CAVs will take evolutionary path of development. Moreover, large scale deployment of CAV technology leaves it vulnerable to potential issues including poor consumer willingness to purchase and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) being left behind in a disruptive market among others. Lastly, the stakeholders have falling short of building transformative collaborations and disagree on key CAV matters, such as the coexistence of connectivity and automation. A consensus must be built on these to facilitate efficient CAV evolution in the future.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AHB30 Standing Committee on Vehicle-Highway Automation.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Sagir, Fasil
    • Bowman, Benjamin
    • Mahajan, Nishtha
    • Ukkusuri, Satish V
  • Conference:
  • Date: 2019


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01697380
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 19-02106
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 7 2018 9:26AM