The agency has taken a “wait and see” attitude with respect to connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), but has been actively monitoring activities at peer agencies to pilot connected vehicle technologies and formulate proactive strategies for accommodating autonomous vehicles. We need to create a plan for what our agency should be doing to implement and support these transformational technologies. We need to better understand the implications for planning, design, maintenance and operations. We also need to understand risks to be mitigated – related to cybersecurity, revenue streams, and data privacy.
Technology Advancement. CAVs and other transformational technologies show great promise to improve safety outcomes, reduce congestion and provide positive societal impacts. There are also risks associated with deploying transformational technologies that need additional research and vetting. Legislation, Regulation, and Funding. Public and private agencies and research organizations are starting to understand the critical issues surrounding deployment of CAV and other transformational technologies. However, additional research is needed to inform policymaking and legislation. At the same time, current public sector funding levels are not adequate to deploy large scale CAV infrastructure and do not address improvements to existing assets. Shift in Role and Focus. The growing emphasis on system operations contributes to interest in use of CAV technologies to achieve more efficient use of existing capacity with improved safety.
What Capabilities Are Needed?
Agility and Resilience. agencies must recognize uncertainties with respect to the timing of technology maturation and adoption and the specific communications technologies and standards that will be used. They must design procurement and operations strategies that provide flexibility to adjust to different scenarios. Technology Adoption. agencies must build the capability to evaluate, pilot and integrate new information and communications technologies. Operations Focus. agencies need to strengthen their capability to plan for and actively manage system operations. Aligning Skills to Needs. agencies need to identify the knowledge, skills and abilities required to plan for CAVs and other transformational technologies and determine what skills to develop in-house and what can be best met through use of external consultants or partnering with universities.