|•There are potential impacts and benefits of Automated
|•The USDOT is still trying to better understand the
benefits, but they could include crash avoidance, etc. (bullets on slide)
|•Crash avoidance (a majority of vehicle collisions are due
to human error)
|•Reduced congestion: automated vehicles could increase road
capacity through shorter distances between cars, narrower lanes, etc.
|•Reduced emissions: automated vehicles could driver
‘smarter’ from an energy standpoint through more efficient uses of
acceleration/deceleration, more ‘eco-friendly’ routes, etc.
|•Improved efficiency and accessibility: automated vehicles
have the potential to offer improved mobility to a population that is
currently unable to drive (e.g. disabled population).