TYLER OLSEN, KAILEY LAIDLAW, and MATTHIAS SWEET
Cars are becoming more automated over time and already include lane-assist technologies and cruise control. These changes may lead to fully-autonomous vehicles (AVs) which require no human control over safety critical functions.
With no need for a human driver, how will transportation system users respond and what are the implications for policy?
Are consumers likely to purchase privately-owned AVs to replace conventional vehicles?
Or are consumers likely to use on-demand (like Uber or Lyft) transportation services provided by a fleet of fully autonomous vehicles (shared AVs)?
How should the public sector respond?
Reports from a study conducted by TransForm
and funded by both the City of Toronto
are available which address these questions.