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Managing Freight in the Connected and Automated Vehicle Era

As with all disruptive technologies, the long-term implications of connected and automated vehicles remain largely unknown. More specifically, their effect on the freight industry and changes they’ll bring to freight delivery in cities are uncertain. Communities and transportation professionals must start thinking about these changes, which are coming much sooner than most imagined.

Central to managing this uncertainty will be an ongoing development of city-wide and area freight strategic planning. While being mindful to not inhibit innovation, transportation professionals must start considering the impact of concepts such as freight mobility as a service. The same technological improvements that enabled the development of CAVs can help cities manage the new and rapidly changing needs of our communities.

In 2018, the American Planning Association’s board of directors approved 26 automated vehicle policy principles that can help guide these discussions, focused on overarching concepts like mobility, equity, access, sustainability, safety, security, data and economics. Above all, the document outlines APA’s support of strategies that create a policy environment friendly to innovation, while maintaining local control of public spaces and land use planning.

Senior Transportation Planner Dan Haake, who co-authored the APA policy document, discussed the urban challenges of freight CAVs and the implications for transportation professionals in November’s issue of the ITE Journal.

Read Dan’s insights to learn more about changes that may be coming to freight delivery and discover near-term recommendations for planners and policy makers confronting this technological disruption.

Freight Technology: Planning for an Uncertain Future