Automated Vehicles: The Coming of the Next Disruptive Technology

The Conference Board of Canada, 72 pages, January 21, 2015
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The arrival of automated vehicles (AVs) is imminent. This report provides an overview of the potential benefits of AVs and highlights issues that we need to start planning for—now.

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The arrival of automated vehicles (AVs) is imminent. And, the first generation of AVs is already with us. Google has—as part of its “Chauffeur Project”—rolled out prototype AVs in California and elsewhere. And, there are numerous other developments in the U.K., Singapore, and other countries that are speeding-up the development of AVs. However, Canada needs to keep pace with this rapidly evolving technology. AVs have the potential to bring immense benefits—particularly saving us time and reducing the number of collisions on our roads. But as they roll out, AVs will be disruptive to both the public and private sector in the process. Governments and businesses must begin to plan for the arrival of AVs sooner, rather than later. This report provides an overview of the potential benefits of AVs and the highlights some of the issues that we need to start planning for—now.

Table of Contents

Executive Summary

Chapter 1—Introduction

Chapter 2—Status of Automated Vehicles and Trends

  • Rollout
  • Rate of Adoption
  • Benefits
  • Planning for AVs in Canada

Chapter 3—The Impact of AVs on Canada’s Economy

  • Collision Savings
  • Time Value Benefits
  • Fuel Savings
  • Savings From Congestion Avoidance
  • Total Potential Benefits for Canada
  • Other Impacts on the Economy
  • Social, Economic, and Technological Changes
  • Conclusions

Chapter 4—The Impact of AVs on Infrastructure

  • Standard Transportation Infrastructure
  • Proposed Major Infrastructure Projects
  • Conclusion

Chapter 5—The Automated Vehicle’s Impact on Our Wallets

Chapter 6—Conclusion

Appendix A—Bibliography

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