"Autonomous and Connected Vehicles: Preparing for the Future of Surface Transportation"

By Bernie Arseneau, PE, PTOE; Santanu Roy, PTP; Joshua Salazar, PE; and Joey Yan, PE

What was once considered "futuristic" technology seen only in movies is now challenging the traditional standards for transportation safety, mobility and the environment, similar to how the automobile has revolutionized transportation.

Autonomous Vehicle (AV) and Connected Vehicle (CV) initiatives are becoming more prominent and we are seeing innovative tech-safety features from the automotive industry. Technology companies (e.g., Google Car) and savvy government agencies are also partnering to further drive change. Over the past 15-20 years, expectations for advanced transportation options have expanded and it is critical that today's transportation decision makers be well positioned for the next stage of opportunities.