Traffic, Infrastructure, Environmental, and Health Implications of Deploying Zero-Emission Connected Autonomous Trucks in Southern California

Research Lead: Jean-Daniel Saphores

University: UC Irvine

Problem Statement: While autonomous technologies have already received much attention for passenger vehicles, the exploration these technologies for trucks has been more limited. In addition to much-improved safety and environmental records, connected autonomous trucks are expected to decrease the cost of hauling freight, cut energy consumption, and allow a more intensive use of assets in logistic chains. By traveling in platoons, they could increase road capacity, which has important implications for transportation infrastructure.

Project Description: The purpose of this project is to quantify the traffic, infrastructure, environmental, and health impacts of replacing heavy-duty trucks with connected, zero-emission, level 1 automated heavy-duty trucks (CZAHDT) on selected freeways in Southern California. Building on prior research, researchers will explore how replacing heavy-duty trucks with CZAHDT on freeways in the region could help limit the need for additional freeway infrastructure in the Los Angeles basin in the year 2035. Researchers will also analyze the impacts of this change on traffic (congestion), and on the health of the population.

Status: In Progress

Budget: $69,226

Project Partner(s): Caltrans, Port of Los Angeles, and Port of Long Beach