White Paper: Remote Operation and Safety Considerations of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Research Team: Junshan Zhang (lead) and Mollie D’Agostino

UC Campus(es): UC Davis

Problem Statement: In the coming decades, advancements in connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) have the potential to transform communities and mobility. As these technologies progress, policymakers and practitioners will need tools and information to proactively design policies, actions, and practices that will avoid potential negative impacts and unintended consequences and facilitate sustainable and equitable outcomes.

Project Description: This project has two main components. First, the researchers will identify and characterize safety issues associated with remote vehicle operation and, subsequently, determine research and knowledge gaps to be addressed with future research. Second, the researchers will examine policy questions related to CAV safety in California. This will include an assessment of the roles and dynamics of federal and state laws, policies, and perspectives; an evaluation of existing guidance; and an analysis of what this means for CAV developers.

Status: In Progress

Budget: $50,000