The symposium will address the following topics as they relate to implementation of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) technology in New York City:
The USDOT has invested in several Connected Vehicle pilot projects including one in New York City. The New York City pilot project outfitted thousands of vehicles and pieces of infrastructure with connected technology enabling V2V and V2I connected applications. What insights have been discovered from this and other programs? What are some new opportunities worth researching? What lessons learned are needed for the full-scale Connected Vehicle deployment in our Smart Cities? Click here to read more about the USDOT Connected Vehicle Pilot Projects
Connected and automated vehicles have already been fabricated, but the timeline for widespread deployment of CAVs is not yet known. What are the uncertainties around full adoption and what steps have we already taken? What challenges will New York City face to keep up and take advantage of their benefits?
What are the risks and concerns with automated and connected systems from both a safety and privacy perspective? What would happen if the ability to control vehicle trajectories gets into the wrong hands and if it could be used to change how a vehicle maneuvers? What steps are governments taking to prevent this from happening? Who owns all the data being generated
CAVs have the potential to significantly help those who have mobility challenges by providing door to door transportation. What other challenges would they face? Transportation network companies (TNCs) fill a service gap in areas that are poorly served by traditional transportation services. Will CAVs enabled TNCs continue the trend?
There are various views on how Connected and Autonomous Vehicles could impact land use. Many are concerned that CAVs will encourage urban sprawl since CAV passengers can multitask enroute, reducing their value of time and increasing the distance they are willing to travel. However, CAVs could be a boon for urban centers since CAVs are able to operate closer together on narrower right of way, and do not need parking. Researchers are working to address topics concerning how cities will reallocate space, how curbside behavior will be significantly affected, and how different cities will look as a result.
Will the industry change the topology of their supply chains since CAV could change the pricing structure of transportation? Will some warehouse types become obsolete? What new types of facilities will be needed? What happens to the business models setup around personal vehicle ownership if people no longer own vehicles in the same numbers?