Introduction to Driverless Vehicles and their eventual role in a sustainable transportation system.

Although driverless vehicles are already on the road, it will be 10 to 20 years before we see substantial impact on transportation in general, and sustainability in particular. Yet even with this extended time frame it’s a subject that should receive attention from the sustainable transportation community. Because the technology that supports autonomous vehicles has the potential to have a profound impact on how we move goods and people throughout the developed world its not too early to start considering how to take advantage of opportunities the technology may present as well as anticipate possible negative outcomes. The paper includes an overview of the present state of affairs, an assessment of potential impacts on sustainability, and a historical perspective on changes in transportation and what they suggest about the road ahead.  The endless twenty years Before enrolling in the Master's Degree Program in Sustainable Transportation at the University of Washington…

2019 Transportation Conference in Zilina Slovakia

I recently spoke about autonomous vehicles at a transportation conference in Zilina, Slovakia.  Most would be hard pressed to pinpoint this region on a map, and fewer yet would predict it to be a prominent forum for those looking to edge the world farther towards a truly driverless system. 
However:   Driverless cars are only a part - a necessary part - of this profound change in our transportation infrastructure. And this precise truth is the topic I chose to address, finding myself one of many that sensed the softening attitudes toward truly innovative and, in many ways, radical ideas - the sort that is only given heed when a general instability, or uncertainty, as to the direction of technology and history develops. I invite you to read some of the speculation I brought with myself to Slovakia, in hopes that those aforementioned softening attitudes would indeed make way for greater consideration of the driverless road.    In order to get a handle on this change we may or may not b…

Presenting ACCTOR

It is fast approaching the end of the beginning of driverless cars and time to manage the beginning of the end of the road as we have known it.  ACCTOR is a company that is making connections between innovators and stakeholders, academics and regulators, and between government and the public. It's a long road ahead with significant opportunities and dangers. ACCTOR is committed to developing relationships that will help unlock the potentials of the open road. 

Driverless vehicles, a technology that has always been 20 years away is about to reveal its true potential. It won't happen overnight, and no one knows what is around the next corner, but we will all be a part of a future without the car as we have known it.

Please join our company ACCTOR as it follows this  path, and helps to support a new and more open road.

Blue Lanes - A Strategy for Integrating Driverless Mobility - Part 1

The Road We Are On

Driverless cars. Autonomous vehicles. This new era of mobility and its implementation by our largest corporations appears imminent. What are the urban planners to do?

Looking at the tech alone there might be little we can do. Driverless vehicles represent one of the greatest technological challenges ever undertaken, and only automotive and technology companies possess the deep pockets (and lines of credit) necessary to develop it. It is a project that no government organization (outside the military) has the budget to undertake and too complex for any regulatory agency to effectively manage. But it is happening nonetheless.

And why not let them build it for us? Driverless solutions are an attractive prospect for cash strapped governments already struggling with ageing infrastructure and increased travel demand.  However, the mobility systems developed by private corporations will give them great leverage in the transportation sector.  Ultimately the cost of entry co…

A Shape of Things To Come

The LAV - Lightweight Automated Vehicle

The potential that autonomous vehicles (AVs) represent for disruptive and beneficial change calls for increased study and evaluation. Because of the speed at which relevant technologies are developing the time has come to look beyond short term impacts on safety, travel time reduction, accessibility and parking. History suggests that the present focus of debates over driverless vehicles-- liability, security, and popular acceptance -- are likely to be transitory. The significance of a mature autonomous transportation system will take longer to develop, but will have a profound impact on our social, economic, and built environments.

This study examines the potential for driverless vehicles to address travel demand generated by activities not usually associated with single-occupancy vehicles. The focus is on the potential for small, lightweight, automated vehicles (LAV’s) to perform transportation duties that are presently accomplished by larger,…