New Study Explores Complex Barriers of Creating Autonomous Vehicle Policy

1. The Problem, Situation, or Issue:

District of Columbia has released a study examining four plausible scenarios on how AVs could be adopted in the area. Economic growth and greater transport solutions for local communities are advantages, but new problems could arise from adoption of the technology.

2. Background/ Backstory:

Forecasting these changes with certainty is all but impossible, the report states. Cities must take a proactive approach to overcome the obstacles for adoption. Vehicle miles will be increasing, and the district will likely see lost revenue from traffic enforcement.

3. The Solution(s) from Content: 

Four possible strategies include making freeway automated vehicles available early; shared fleets and micro-transit could better serve the area than buses and Metrorail; bringing more dedicated HOV lanes to region could be a bridge; and adding fees to reduce congestion to the area could direct driving patterns.

4. The Significance or Impact:

Increasing traffic congestion, including during off-peak times, will be the major stumbling block of all four scenarios. Collisions are predicted to reduce, but the actual timing of any of these four strategies becoming a reality are nearly impossible to realistically forecast.

5. Sourcing & Resources: DC AV Study Final Report:; Report: Autonomous vehicles would cause more congestion in D.C.

Note: This posting and “editorial digestion” was done by the Editor/Publisher of Green Auto Market, Jon LeSage, an acknowledged expert and industry resource for the positioning and impacting of autonomous vehicles, traffic management, and the Environment.

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