by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner with Graham Dodge, Executive Director, MAGIC
Planning Practice Monthly has been reporting for some time on the advent of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies and the Statewide CAV Working Group’ s efforts to begin planning for new modes of transportation that will likely include driverless and/or self-driving vehicles in the not-so-distant future. (Visit our archives webpage to read additional CAV coverage.)
It’s one thing to discuss implementing CAV technologies; however, it’s an entirely different story to craft policies and regulations for adopting them, much less to identify and construct new infrastructure to make their use viable and safe. So, what are the steps involved? How does a jurisdiction begin to understand and plan for technologies that still feel distant and futuristic, but are seemingly inevitable and just over the horizon?
Take Maryland Department of Transportation’s Self-driving Vehicle Survey Today!
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by Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs), sometimes called self-driving or driverless vehicles, are an important consideration for the future of travel in Maryland and may become a part of everyday life sooner than we might think.
Many of us are already driving cars with advanced technologies, such as remote sensors, cameras, navigation, and/or braking systems using artificial intelligence (AI), that may contribute to innovations leading to fully autonomous vehicles. What remains unknown, however, is just exactly how self-driving vehicles should fit into our existing transportation systems. This is where you can help guide the next steps!
As a primary stakeholder in the Statewide Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) program, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s State Highway Administration (MDOT SHA) wants to hear what Marylanders have to say about CAV technology, so together we can plan for a future that meets everyone’s mobility needs.
Please take the 10-minute anonymous survey. Responses gathered will help MDOT SHA develop a strategy for increasing public awareness of CAV-related technologies, plan for a future of travel with self-driving vehicles, and help keep Maryland a great place to live, work, and play. You can also take the survey by phone 877-379-9299. The survey will remain open until May 13, 2022.
For more information about this survey, please contact SHACAV@mdot.maryland.gov. Want to know what else Maryland is doing in the realm of self-driving vehicles? Visit the Maryland’s CAV program website.
Resources and Tools
by Carole Delion, P.E., Division Chief, Connected & Automated Transportation Systems Division, MDOT SHA, with Kristen E. Humphrey, MLA, Local Assistance and Training Planner
The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) recognize that jurisdictions are seeking guidance on preparing, planning, and implementing practices and policies for Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies, commonly referred to as autonomous or driverless vehicles.