Connected-Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Program
Metropolitan areas, across the nation and around the world, are facing a technology revolution that could fundamentally change how people and goods move from place to place. This seismic shift in transportation and mobility will bring new opportunities and challenges.
Emerging technologies, like connected vehicles and automated vehicles (CV/AV), have the potential to dramatically alter the organization of cities, from small autonomous on-demand transit shuttles replacing underserved and underutilized traditional bus routes, to a wholesale change in vehicle ownership models and implications on the energy grid and parking infrastructure. The potential benefits are equally dramatic. CV/AV technologies can potentially improve safety, efficiency, and congestion by broadcasting, receiving, and responding to real-time hazards and traffic conditions. However, there are also potential risks; safety could be an issue if a CV/AV system gets hacked, congestion could increase if zero occupancy AVs roam the roadways, and sprawl and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) could increase if commuters opt for longer commutes in search of lower housing costs – leveraging AV technology to utilize their commute time for something other than driving.
The Miami-Dade TPO is working alongside its transportation partners to plan for this new technology and develop a strategic plan to help shape short-, medium-, and long-term investment strategies for roadways, transit systems, freight facilities and all infrastructure related to CAV, that will move our community into the future.
- Florida Department of Transportation District 6
- Miami-Dade Department of Transportation and Public Works
- Miami-Dade Expressway Authority
About CAV Technology
Vehicle Communication Networks
Levels of Automation
The freight industry is a significant contributor to Miami-Dade’s economy, with local trips to and from MIA and PortMiami operating almost 365 days per year. FDOT has initiated an Autonomous Freight Pilot Program in Miami-Dade County called “AV/CV/ITS Freight Applications” that is attempting to demonstrate that automated vehicle (AV) technologies can offer increased safety and efficiency for freight operations between MIA and the warehouse district in Doral. AV technologies will be tested on repetitious freight routes in hopes to increase travel time reliability for localized fleet vehicles. Efforts are currently underway to coordinate with public partners, engage private stakeholders, identify repetitive delivery routes, and understand existing system operations.
For additional information, please email Tewari Edmonson or call 305-375-1744.
- Aileen Bouclé's November 2016 FAV Summit presentation
- Autonomous Vehicle Overview video (YouTube)
- USDOT Federal Automated Vehicles Policy
- Brian Blanchard's March 31, 2016 AV presentation
- Embracing New Technology: Autonomous Vehicles brochure
- Memo regarding Autonomous vehicles in future transportation planning (April 5, 2016)
- FDOT Florida Automated Vehicles Initiative
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