WSP has been working with key players across the world to better understand the impact of driverless vehicles on local environments. We partner with state and local transportation agencies to determine where they are today and where they want to go with respect to these advancing transportation technologies. We offer strategic and operational guidance covering a number of key areas, including:
- Current state of C/AV technology, new mobility services and associated activities
- Public-private partnerships for pilot testing and technology development
- Legislation and regulation at the local, regional and federal levels
- Long-range policies and plans, supporting strategic, financial and operations planning
- C/AV integration into concept of operations for next-generation operational strategies, including managed lanes, active traffic management and toll operations
"In my opinion, not considering the impact of C/AV at this point is simply malpractice," says Scott Shogan, Connected/Automated Vehicle Market Leader for WSP in the US.
Driverless Cars Will Transform Cities
The introduction of connected and automated vehicle (C/AV) technologies and technology- driven mobility services, such as private companies providing ride hailing and car-sharing services, present great opportunities and challenges for all.
“We need to make sure the framework will take the new realities into account to ensure that our roads are safer and more efficient,” says Scott Benjamin, Principal ITS Engineer at WSP in Australia.
Connected vehicles sending and receiving signals from other vehicles, street lights, road sensors, and other devices will also help make the driving experience safer and better. And if cars can drop off passengers and then make themselves available for other passengers, land currently occupied by parking lots can be repurposed. In a study, WSP calculated that a carefully planned deployment of shared and self-driving vehicles can increase the developable area by up to 20%. “What can we do with that new space?” asks Rachel Skinner, Development Director for WSP in London. She produced, in collaboration with Farrells, a thought-provoking whitepaper entitled Making Better Places.