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EDR Group’s insights on recent trends and new mobility paradigms enhance traditional planning and evaluation work, helping clients address questions around emerging issues. EDR Group has worked with our global affiliate, EBP, on program and policy assessment for on-demand services and automation.

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Examples:

Shared Mobility Options and Incentives Study

For the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), EDR Group is working with ICF, Uber and Metropia to model decisions to share trips through pooled ride products and carpools. Choice models from survey data will explore how decision factors differ with socioeconomic characteristics of travelers and trip context. The study will examine ways that policy may encourage travel by more efficient modes through testing scenarios with incentive programs.

Impacts and Costs of Connected and Automated Vehicles

For FHWA, EDR Group is leading a team with ICF and Mike McGurrin to assess the total costs of 6 scenarios for CAV deployment in 2035 (19 sub-scenarios). The costs cover cumulated capital costs for vehicles and infrastructure to put in place the 2035 ecosystem and annual costs of operating highway, transit, and freight systems including user costs.

Economic Impacts of TNC Services in Selected Markets

For Uber, EDR Group collected 22,000 surveys from platform users, both riders and drivers, to assess how new service offers affect 13 different regional economies. Analysis included comparisons to users’ next-best alternative either in terms of earning potential or travel times, costs and amenities. This research helped understand how TNCs fit into the regional mix of travel options and affect the local economy.

Treatment of Emerging Modes in Economic Evaluation Models

EDR Group provided training to agencies and consultants in the application of the TREDIS system for economic impact, benefit-cost, and financial analysis to novel modes like truck platoons, hyperloop pods, CAVs, and drones. Travel costs and characteristics that emerging technologies will affect and how to capture these changes were presented with a framework for scenario testing and providing technology impact valuations.

Self-driving Autos: Actions and Options for Switzerland

For Technology Assessment – Switzerland, EDR Group supported development of communication materials to engage laypeople in exploring the full range of potential applications and implications of CAVs in order to produce a book for the legislature.

Automated Vehicles in Everyday Life – Potential Applications and Effects

For the Swiss Association of Cities and other clients, EBP provided guidance on new techniques in traffic modeling, traffic operations, data management, spatial planning, environmental evaluation and freight and logistics to account for automated vehicles. This work helps clients understand where to focus their future research.

Accomplishing Vision Zero by Means of Automated Driving

For the Swiss Road Safety Fund, EBP conducted analysis of nearly 400,00 crash incidents and assessed how vehicles at each level of SAE automation might have affected the occurrence or outcome of these incidents.

Technological change and its consequences for transportation

For the Swiss Association of Transportation Engineering Experts (SVI) research program "Transportation of the Future", EBP identified the key technologies that are expected to shape the transportation of the future (until 2060). The drivers and obstacles to their diffusion and their impact on transportation infrastructure, supply and demand were estimated using system dynamics modeling for three scenarios

Fundamentals of Cost-Benefit Analysis - Development of Vehicle Operating Costs

For the Swiss Association of Road and Transport Professionals (VSS), EDR Group partners at EBP developed operating cost rates that consider new insights into the composition of vehicle fleets, including current developments and trends, with a special focus on changes in vehicle operation costs from CAVs.

 

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