A variety of forces are driving the development of connected and automated vehicle technology—three leading factors are (1) safety, (2) more efficient roadway operations, and (3) growing demand for more mobility options.
Tens of thousands of people die on US roadways each year, most of those incidents are caused by human error--those working on self-driving technologies are often motivated by a desire to reduce the risks of driving. We’re running out of right-of-way, or so it seems to most of us. Roadway authorities are feeling the pressure of fighting congestion without recourse to more lane expansions—meaning, they need to find ways to do more with what the roads that they already have. This is another big opportunity that CAV developers are trying to address: How to make our existing roadways more efficient and, thus, reduce our need to build more lanes.
Data from the National Household Traffic Survey shows that the bulk of all trips are five miles or less. Looking at transportation spending you wouldn’t think that’s the case—we spend most of our money on the long commute, not the short trip. Micro-mobility (bikes, scooters) are showing that everyday people are feeling that shortfall and responding by jumping on scooters