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Automated Vehicles

How will automated vehicles (AVs) affect the evolution of our cities, the way we plan and design our multimodal transport infrastructure, and provide mobility to all socio-economic groups? Our FP Think group is tackling many of these challenging questions.

Latest AV Updates

Assessing the Effect of AVs on Freeway Operations

Will AVs dramatically increase vehicle trips and VMT?

What is the potential of automated transit?

Our recent article in UrbanLand – the Magazine of ULI discusses how automated transit could have some surprising benefits.

Our AV Expertise Areas

We are leaders in evaluating and understanding the likely effects of AVs on our transportation system. Some of our key areas of AV expertise include:

AV Travel Demand Forecasting/Scenario Planning

How sensitive is your local or regional model to the likely effects of AVs?

VMT Effects of AVs

How will AVs affect VMT in your community, and how can ridesharing and new technologies like 3-D printing and hyperloop contribute to reducing VMT?

AV Traffic Operations and Microsimulation Analysis

What effect will AVs have on congestion on local streets, freeways and around important activity centers?

Automated Transit Planning

What is the potential of automated transit in communities and on major transit corridors?

AVs at Transit Hubs and as First/Last Mile Connections

How can AVs support future transit station design and effective first/last mile connections?

AV Street Design Guidance

To what extent can AVs support Complete Streets principles and Vision Zero goals, and how should streets be designed in response?

Curbspace Management

How can cities proactively provide and manage scarce curbspace resources in an automated future?

Land Use Implications of AVs

How do AVs effect demand for certain land uses, and how should AVs be integrated into transportation and land use planning efforts?

Site Planning and Parking Design for AVs

How can new developments be designed to effectively accommodate AVs and provide the right amount, type and orientation of parking?

AV Policy and Equity

What AV policies should cities be considering now to address the potential equity issues associated with widespread AV use?

AV Readiness Planning

How can cities and agencies develop a clear, implementable strategy to guide and manage AV implementation?

AV Project Examples

We have undertaken a variety of AV project evaluations for our clients. Featured projects include:

Alameda Countywide Multimodal Arterials Plan AV Assessment

Bay Area AV Travel Demand Model Scenario Testing

City of Los Angeles Transportation Technology Strategy

Salt Lake City AV Demand Modeling

San Francisco Automated Rapid Transit Evaluation

San Jose Diridon Station Master Plan AV Evaluation

Washington, D.C. AV Demand Modeling

Why is this Important?

Our FP Think group is working closely with our clients to tackle many of these challenging questions. If you’d like to discuss the potential implications of AVs in your community or region, we would love to talk.

Related FP Think Research

We are also actively exploring other aspects of disruptive change in the transportation industry. See our latest research on:

Automated Freight

Transportation Network Companies

Hyperloop