The Future of Transportation: Connected Automated Vehicles
Automated Vehicles (vehicles that drive themselves) and Connected Vehicles (vehicles that talk to each other and to the infrastructure) have been on the horizon for ten years, but neither technology is mainstream yet. Both technologies promise to prevent crashes, save lives, improve mobility and reduce emissions. While the two technologies are very different, they are synergistic. And, they are largely misunderstood. Because of the broad impact of these systems, they are of great importance to civil engineers and the traveling public. In this session, we will talk about the current state of development of both technologies, discuss the hurdles that are still inhibiting their full realization, describe some deployments that are helping to move these forward, outline the role that civil engineers have to bring these into reality, and spell out the future - and the benefits - that is ahead of us.