TRB/AUVSI “Envisioning Automated Vehicles within the Built Environment: 2020, 2035, 2050 workshop
This link is a brief interview about the workshop that occurred the day of the workshop, http://viodi.com/2014/07/19/looking-at-the-impact-of-autonomous-vehicles-on-how-we-live/ enjoy and keep thinking about the future!
A brief proceedings of the workshop will be posted on the main TRB/AUVSI symposium web site in September: http://www.automatedvehiclessymposium.org/proceedings
This ancillary all-day workshop presented the opportunity to focus on the policy and built environment issues related to automated vehicle use. The workshop committee focused the event on assisting Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO’s) in their efforts to address these new technologies. The workshop was financially supported by: UCDavis, National Center for Sustainable Transportation, Southern California Association of Governments, ARUP, Kimley Horn, Fehr & Peers, and NCIT, National Center for Intermodal Transportation.
Steve Shladover started the day with an overview of the symposium, and then in order for the workshop attendees to have a base of knowledge several handouts were distributed titled Technology Application Pathways to Commercialization. In the interest of addressing the built environment three generic design sites were created: Streets and Roadway, Neighborhood and District and Regional for use in the hand-on workshop. Seven scenarios were developed and participants had the ability to choose the scenario group in which they wanted to take part. 110 participants took part in some or all of the day’s agenda, representing a wide set of backgrounds and disciplines. Nine scenario groups formed each with a committee member and one or two facilitators to enable the discussions and drawings.
In the interactive workshop, participants discussed and envisioned the built environment impacted by automated vehicle technologies. Small, multi-disciplinary teams of experts combining knowledge of a wide range of fields – city planning, infrastructure and architecture, car design, engineering, software and systems – collaborated on six different chosen scenarios. Each team started with all three design sites (streets/roadway, neighborhood/district and regional scales) described in words, images, maps and diagrams. Scenarios were developed with a time-horizon and presence of specified types of vehicles with varying degrees of shared mobility, connected vehicle technology, and autonomous operation. The Scenario groups generated, through different interactive methods and writing/visualizing techniques, “after” scenarios in order to think through the challenges and benefits to our built environment that an autonomous mobility future can hold. Each team briefly presented their outputs at the end of the workshop for feedback and discussion with the wider set of participants.