Assessment of Information and Communication Technologies in Transportation

Source Organization:
University:Carnegie Mellon University
Principal Investigator:Chris Hendrickson
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Project Manager:Courtney Ehrlichman
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization):Research and Innovative Technology Administration, University Transportation Centers Program, US Department of Transportation
Total Dollars:$205,881
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Start and End Dates:February 2012 - December 2013
Project Status:Complete
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Abstract:Introduction of advanced control and communication technologies on US roadways and vehicles is likely to have a variety of impacts to be considered. Congestion, emissions, and accident rates could all be affected. Any reduced congestion in the system will alter travel demand decisions, often reducing the net effect of the new technologies. Moreover, combinations of new technologies may have synergies that affect assessments. We will estimate the collective impact of different technologies in a traffic simulation model to help the design and implementation of the new technologies. Improving the design and implementation of the new advanced control and communication technologies will improve their safety and efficiency impacts. We will review and assess the costs and benefits, including accident costs, congestion and environmental costs and benefits (measured by air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions) of a range of new information and communications technologies, using a consistent set of emission factors and analysis boundaries. We will identify potential technologies and combinations of technologies, and develop a region-specific tool to aid local decision-makers in assessing benefits and costs and in choosing between and designing technologies. Our tools will be available for widespread use, and will contribute to the growing interest in ‘smart growth’ guidelines and standards
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Impacts/Benefits of Implementation (actual, not anticipated):Research in progress
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