Everyone who thinks about the future of transportation wants to know what will happen to our cities and our lives when autonomous vehicles arrive. Unfortunately, there are not many easy answers to this question, nor are existing travel models immediately prepared to answer this question. Further, there is disagreement about the most important elements of AV's to model. Is it the added capacity AV's will bring to highways? Or is it the ability to send a vehicle to make trips when you are otherwise occupied? Or is it the idea that you can do your email or other work while driving into the office?
This week I went to Berkeley, California where I and a few others were tasked by the Transportation Research Board's Special Committee for Travel Forecasting Resources to distill best practices into a living document that will help guide modelers and policy makers as they confront these decisions. Read more at TF Resource.