TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT AUTOMATED VEHICLE GUIDANCE IN ROAD TRAFFIC: TOWARDS A RESEARCH AGENDA

The Dutch Second Transport Policy Plan constitutes the official framework for policy in the field of transportation. Among others, the plan emphasizes the need for more efficient use of existing road infrastructure to limit the necessity for constructing new or expanding existing roads. A variety of measures is proposed and gradually implemented to reach and improve the efficient use of infrastructure. Emphasis is laid on traffic management measures such as: traffic guidance systems, early warning systems combined with route information, speed regulation, flexible lane use, etc. However, increasing attention is paid to the possible introduction of automated vehicle guidance systems. These systems are characterized by the use of technologies that automate specific parts of the vehicle driver task. Already, technology is available that enables complete automation of the driver task. Apart from a contribution to a more efficient use of infrastructure, the introduction of this technology could contribute significantly to improving road safety and limiting energy use and emission. Notwithstanding these potential advantages, however, important issues in the field on policy decision making and implementation has to be tackled. These issues can be clustered at four levels: 1) technology dynamics, 2) driver behavior, 3) infrastructure design and transport system performance, and 4) public policy making and implementation. Recently, the Delft University of Technology started a large project to study these technology assessment aspects. The present paper focuses on elaborating the framework that is used to identify the relevant issues, in particular with respect to the level of public policy making and implementation, to specify important questions for research and to develop methodologies to tackle them.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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  • Authors:
    • van der Heijden, RECM
    • Marchau, VAWJ
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 2412

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726036
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 5 1996 12:00AM