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Impacts & Costs of Connected & Automated Vehicles 

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For the US Department of Transportation (USDOT), EDR Group is leading a team in calculating the infrastructure, vehicle, and user costs of different deployment scenarios for connected and autonomous vehicles. The scenarios include a slow roll of moderate technology development, the deployment of niche applications, managed lanes for AVs, “Ultimate Travel Assist” communication systems, competing fleets of autonomous on-demand services, and an integrated mobility future. Cumulative costs for implementing each scenario in 2035 relative to the baseline will be considered as well as annual costs for operations, maintenance and use. 

Interactions between scenarios and different technology deployments in various parts of the country will be considered. EDRG will provide FHWA with a tool inventorying the costs and impact factors and functions for each scenario and different mixes, which the agency will use to inform the AV 3.0 policy-making discussion. An intuitive user interface for inputs and graphical and tabular outputs will help summarize the detailed cost and inventory data stored in the tool. Data sources and assumptions will be documented along with ranges for each scenario that will allow risk analysis.
 
Partners for this project include ICF and Mike McGurrin Consulting under the ICF IDIQ contract with the FHWA Office of Policy Studies.

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