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Connected and Automated Vehicles Working Group

AMPO Connected and Automated Vehicles (CV/AV) Working Group

In 2017, AMPO mobilized a CV/AV working group to serve as a focal point for metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) to engage with U.S. DOT on CV/AV programs, policies, and issues.

While the pace of CV/AV technology deployment is uncertain, eventual deployment sometime in the near future is inevitable. Therefore, it is essential for those agencies responsible for planning, constructing, maintaining, operating, and funding the transportation system, including State Departments of Transportation (State DOTs), MPOs, transit agencies, local governments, and toll facility owners and operators to be engaged in discussing the timing and implications of this new technology for the planning process, system performance, and investment decisions.  To facilitate the deployment of technology, which could have profound effects on our landscape and mobility, new roles and responsibilities are being defined and new and/or modified planning tools and analytic techniques are under development.  New technical, institutional, and policy issues associated with deployment of CV/AV technology will continue to emerge as deployment moves from test beds to general use applications.

A mechanism for MPO engagement, communications, outreach, and capacity building to monitor and support United States Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) CV/AV programs could add substantial value to U.S. DOT’s CV/AV outreach and deployment initiatives. Awareness of CV/AV guidance, issues, and deployment status will benefit state, metropolitan and local transportation planning agencies with responsibility for planning and delivering federal-aid transportation programs and projects. A roadmap could help define the current and desired state of the practice, identify knowledge gaps in responding to CV/AV infrastructure needs and leveraging system performance, safety and environmental benefits, and recommended steps and actions for incorporating CV/AV projects in the performance-based planning and programming process.

Objectives:

  • Provide a mechanism to build technical, institutional, and policy capacity of MPOs with their partner state and local agencies to leverage the benefits of deployment of connected and automated vehicle technology to the performance based planning and programming process.
  • Address knowledge gaps and provide a forum for MPOs with their partner state and local agencies engaged in transportation planning to educate and expand awareness of the nature and status of CV/AV deployment, and of current and emerging technical planning issues, institutional and policy challenges.
  • Support the U. S. DOT outreach and engagement by providing a mechanism for support and feedback on planning-related guidance, research, and training and technical assistance needs associated with deployment of connected and automated vehicle technology

 

Work Group Meetings:

The working group will hold four meetings, which will culminate in a national symposium.  The meetings will focus on MPOs, but will include participation from other CV/AV stakeholders, such as State DOTs and industry.  The objective of these meetings is to have a mechanism to develop a National Road Map to increase awareness among State DOTs, MPOs, and local transportation agencies of transportation planning-related CV/AV issues, opportunities and challenges, and implications for the transportation planning process.  The meetings will provide FHWA with a mechanism for outreach on CV/AV planning-related guidance, and program and policy initiatives.  The meetings will provide an opportunity for MPOs to discuss and identify the necessary training, information, and tools for deployment and implementation.  In addition, they will allow participants to build technical capacity, identify the state of practice, and develop effective practices.

National Symposium:

The products and materials developed by the work group, including the white papers and the National Road Map, will be presented at a National Symposium on CV/AV planning hosted by AMPO.  The Symposium will be open to the transportation planning community and AMPO will coordinate with its sister organizations to elicit additional presentations.  The target date for the Symposium is summer or fall of 2018.

White Papers:

AMPO will prepare four white papers on CV/AV related topics identified with input from work group members and recommendations from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).  The topics of the first three white papers will provide the foundation for each of the first three work group meetings.  The fourth white paper will combine the first three white papers and outline a National Outreach and Planning Implementation Plan, which will complement the work of the Connected/Automated Vehicle Research Roadmap prepared for AASHTO under the NCHRP 20-24 (98) project.

Participation on the Working Group

Work group members were selected to represent the diversity of MPOs nationwide and based on existing efforts in CV/AV activities at the MPO.  The size of the work group is limited by the available travel funding.  This website is intended to not only provide a resource to work group members, but provide the opportunity for non-work group members to keep up with and provide feedback on work group activities.

Work Group Meeting #1:  April 4-5, 2017

The AMPO CV/AV Working Group held its first meeting from April 4-5, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.  The group was hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs.  This meeting identified current policy, practice, and activities at MPOs, challenges and needs, opportunities, and next steps.

-CV/AV Read-ahead Packet from Meeting #1 – Compilation of existing/ongoing CV/AV efforts at various government agencies, institutions, and private industry.

CVAV Resources 4.2017

CVAV Read-ahead Packet April 2017

-Presentations from Meeting #1

Whitepaper #1

FHWA CVAV 040417

ARC CVAV 040417

CDTC CVAV 040417

Metroplan CVAV 040417

Metropolitan Council CVAV 040417

NCTCOG CVAV 040417

PSRC CVAV 040417

SEMCOG CVAV 040417

Working Group Meeting #2: July 31 – Aug 1, 2017

The AMPO CV/AV Working Group held its second meeting from July 31 – August 1, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio in coordination with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Official’s (AASHTO) Conference on Performance‐Based Transportation Planning, Financing, and Management.  The meeting focused on the opportunities and challenges of navigating regulatory concerns in CV/AV development and implementation, partnership opportunities between State DOTs and MPOs, and the risks associated with CV/AV deployment and implementation.

Whitepaper #2

For more information on the AASHTO Conference on Performance‐Based Transportation Planning, Financing, and Management click here.

Working Group Meeting #3: November 13-14, 2017

The AMPO CV/AV Working Group held its third meeting from November 13-14, 2017 in Washington, DC. The meeting included AMPO’s federal partners in the United States Department of Transportation and United States Environmental Protection Agency along with a diverse group of AMPO’s peer agencies. The objective of the meeting was to identify the roles, responsibilities, relationships, and opportunities for collaboration.

Whitepaper #3

Working Group Meeting #4: March 5-7, 2018

The AMPO CV/AV Working Group held its fourth and final meeting from March 5-7, 2018 in Orlando, Florida. The meeting discussed the relationship between MPOs, States, and Federal agencies and the private sector and establishing effective partnerships and coordination practices among them.

Whitepaper #4

NYSAMPO & TSMO CAV 111317
FDOT CVAV Projects 111317
FDOT CVAV 111317
LYNX CVAV 111317
MAG CVAV 111317
Smart ORL 111317
SunTrax 111317
UCF CVAV 111317

Working Group Peer Exchange/Symposium: November 14-15, 2018

The AMPO C/AV Working Group held a Peer Exchange/Symposium from November 14-15, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss the draft National Framework for Regional Connected and Automated Vehicles Planning developed by the working group. Additional materials for this meeting will be added by early 2019. The group was also able to participate in a demo of EasyMile’s 61AV Driverless Shuttle.

EasyMile (13)

EasyMile (5)

AMPO CV/AV 110818
NCTCOG CV/AV 110818
MAG CV/AV 110818
MetroPlan Orlando CV/AV 110818