Breakout #4

Breakout Session #4

Impact Assessment

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Room: Continental 2


  • Scott Smith, Volpe Center, US DOT
  • Satu Innamaa, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Ching-Yao Chan, California PATH / UC Berkeley
  • Bo Ekman, Danish Road Directorate
  • Natalia De Estevan-Ubeda, Transport for London
  • Steve Lockwood, Steve Lockwood, LLC
  • Richard Mudge, Compass Transportation & Technology
  • Yves Page, Renault
  • Lydia Rainville, Volpe Center, US DOT
  • Nick Reed, Transport Research Laboratory (UK)
  • Simon Tong, Transport Research Laboratory (UK)
  • Isabel Wilmink, TNO (Netherlands)
  • Chris Williges, HDR
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The potential impacts of automated vehicles are far-reaching and complex. They include direct impacts on safety, vehicle operations, energy, environment, and personal mobility. Second order socio-economic impacts, such as those on travel behavior, public health, land use, road infrastructure, transportation finance and economic productivity, are also of significant concern. This highly interactive session will consider several case studies in support of the following goals:

  • Improving the design of field operational tests to maximize the insights obtained, including appropriate performance indicators and establishment of a baseline
  • Identifying the most important linkages between direct and indirect impacts
  • Based on the impacts and their outcomes, identify some of the investment and policy decisions needed today to make “good” outcomes more likely.


1:45 p.m. – 1:55 p.m. Welcome Scott Smith - Volpe Center / USDOT
1:55 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Direct Impacts: Introduction and Case Studies
  • Automated low speed shared shuttle
  • Automated local delivery
  • Truck platooning
  • Passenger car – mid-level automation
  • Private fully automated vehicle
Handout: case study descriptions, overview of direct and indirect impacts
Satu Innamaa – VTT, Technical Research Centre of Finland
Nick Reed – Transport Research Laboratory (UK)
Isabel Wilmink – TNO (Netherlands)
Others to be confirmed
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Audience Discussion
Use the case studies to identify the most important direct impacts. What are appropriate performance indicators? How does one establish a baseline for comparison? How does one design an automated vehicle field test or simulation to gain the appropriate insights? What data can be shared with third parties?
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Indirect Impacts – Introduction

Handout: initial description of indirect impact linkages; potential infrastructure and policy decisions
Steve Lockwood, LLC, Transportation Consultant
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Audience Discussion
Use the case studies from part 1 to examine indirect impacts...which are most important and which are most uncertain. This will lead to a discussion of investment and policy decisions needed today to make “good” outcomes more likely.
5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Wrap up Satu Innamaa

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