Transportation Policy Research
The emergence of automated and connected vehicle technology presents significant implications for policy makers. Through its transportation policy research, TTI is working to better understand those implications and inform the decision making that will influence how automated travel can come about in a way that best serves the public interest.
Completed Research Reports
- The Challenges and Benefits of Making Automated Vehicles a Reality
- Cybersecurity Considerations for Connected and Automated Vehicle Policy
- Data Privacy Considerations
- Liability Issues (The Revolutionizing our Roadways Series)
- Policy Considerations for Automated Vehicle Testing in Texas
In Progress Research
Mobility Effects of Connected and Automated Vehicles
Travel Behavior Impacts of Automated Vehicles
Implications of Automated Vehicle Crash Scenarios
This project explores possible policy questions under crash scenarios involving automated vehicles, and evaluates what the state should do to protect the public, ensure safe operation of vehicles, and develop data retrieval and data management protocols. The research may include a one-day workshop involving federal and state safety, law enforcement, and emergency response representatives.
Vehicle Telematics as a Platform for Road User Fees
Vehicle telematics (i.e., in-vehicle computer and technology equipment) will continue to improve as they are developed and installed in passenger and commercial vehicles. Such applications are likely to be standard features in a growing number of new model vehicles. There is a strong potential for these systems to be leveraged to achieve transportation-related public policy goals and, in particular, revenue generation. This research will examine technologies and associated applications such as in-vehicle operating systems, GPS, on-board maps, wireless communication platforms, mobile device networking components and the various communication languages supporting these technologies to assess their potential to support future road user fee measurement and reporting.
Deploying CV/AV: Scenarios and Roadmap
Develop CV/AV deployment scenarios, use the scenarios to determine future roadway infrastructure requirements, and develop a strategic roadmap for addressing the implications of CV/AV futures. Sponsor: Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Impacts of CV/AV on State and Local Transportation Agencies
Conduct research from the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Project 20-24(98) roadmap, including institutional and policy issues, infrastructure design and operations, and planning and multimodal issues. Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Policy and Planning Actions to Internalize Societal Impacts of CV/AV Systems into Market Decisions
Generate information for state and local governments about policy/planning actions that can be taken to stimulate the development of markets for CV/AV systems for all modes, providing the ability to internalize societal costs and benefits in industry market decisions. Sponsor: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Transportation Planning Implications of Automated Vehicles on Texas Highways
Assess how to effectively incorporate transformative CV/AV technologies in transportation planning to assist in the decision making process. Sponsor: Texas Department of Transportation