Local and regional responses to connected and autonomous vehicles

Project Director: Professor Ed Ferrari
Project Duration: 2020 - 2022

Technological advances and regulatory changes for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C/AVs) create a set of new policy problems for local and regional policy makers required to accommodate C/AVs within built environments. Concerns around safety, urban design, and infrastructure (amongst others) will not be solved immediately and instead will form part of a long transitional period as C/AVs compete for a place in already complex transit systems. Concurrent efforts to increase levels of walking, cycling, and other Active Travel modes in response to climate and public health concerns will further problematise this transitional period, requiring solutions to challenging policy problems.

This Policy Expo – a research initiative funded by the Regional Studies Association (RSA) - will address this problem by drawing together evidence and insights from local and regional policymakers from a range of different contexts. The project will gather evidence through a global call for evidence, seeking contributions from both policymakers and other stakeholders that address several specific questions relating to the preparedness of local and regional policymakers to a transition to C/AVs; focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders; and four case-studies across two continents (North America and Europe). The findings from this Policy Expo will be published in a number of formats, including an RSA Impact and Policy Book.

The project team also includes Keith McKoy (Sheffield Hallam University), Rebecca Powell (Arup) and Marc Schlossberg (University of Oregon).

Project team

Research Fellow
Director, BA(Hons) DipTP PhD FHEA


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