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Connected and automated driving (CAD) in CIVITAS cities session at CIVITAS Forum 2017


Session details: Day 3 – Friday, September 29, 9:30-11:30.

The discussion on connected and automated driving (CAD) is now coming to CIVITAS. A session on CAD in CIVITAS cities will be held at the CIVITAS Forum 2017 taking place on 27-29 September, 2017 at Torres Vedras, Portugal. Come and join us in this discussion to ensure the sustainable integration of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) in our overall mobility objectives in cities.Connected and automated vehicle (CAV) manufacturers are planning for the market introduction of passenger cars with more and more automated functionalities. CoEXist partner Renault, for example, will launch a range of at least ten vehicles equipped with autonomous technology by 2020. But although steps towards the deployment of CAVs are progressing fast, the success of the transition towards CAVs will largely be determined by the acceptance of stakeholders that have so far mostly not been part of the debate: cities and others with a stake in urban road infrastructure. Consequently, most European urban road infrastructure authorities have a lot of uncertainties about the introduction of this “new mode” on their road network. Many cities question whether CAVs will fulfill the promises of reducing road space demand and improving traffic efficiency and safety. Without good preparation and planning CAVs could simply amplify the urban mobility problems that cities are currently already facing.The aim of this session is to kick-start a critical discussion within CIVITAS about the positive and negative impacts of CAVs in cities and what cities could and should do in the coming 5-10 years.The session will include the following four presentations:Session chair: Siegfried Rupprecht, Executive Director, Rupprecht Consult 1) Polis’ position paper on automated vehicles (presenter: Suzanne Hoadley, Senior Manager, Polis) 2) CoEXist project (presenter: Bernard Gyergyay, CoEXist Project Manager, Rupprecht Consult) 3) Will automated vehicles kill off mass transit in smaller urban areas? (Tom Cohen, CREATE Project Representative, University College London) 4) CIVITAS Satellite E-learning: Connected and automated driving (CAD) in CIVITAS cities (presenter: Bernard Gyergyay, CoEXist Project Manager, Rupprecht Consult)The session will conclude with a panel discussion (approx. 40 minutes) about the role of CAD in CIVITAS. The expected panel will include CIVITAS cities, CoEXist partner cities and European Commission representatives.Further information on the presentations are briefly described below:1) Polis position paper on automated vehiclesIn the summer of 2017, Polis will launch a position paper setting out the most critical issues facing cities in an automated vehicle world. While automation may offer opportunities, to accelerate the growth of shared mobility for example, there are many risks, such as a projected increase in km driven, that need to be identified and measures taken to mitigate them. The paper identifies the most important potential effects of AV on the tasks and policies of city transport authorities, such as urban planning and development, transport infrastructure and safety of vulnerable road users, and concludes with a series of questions and recommendations.The City of Amsterdam AV strategy/vision will be presented as a case study during this session. City of Amsterdam representatives will also participate in the panel discussion at the end of the session.2) CoEXist projectThe mission of CoEXist is to systematically increase the capacity of road authorities in getting ready for the transition towards a shared road network with increasing levels of CAVs.The CoEXist project is currently developing the “CAV-ready framework” (also called “automation-ready framework”) for cities that will define the needs and suggest possible actions for cities during the transition phase towards higher levels of CAVs. During the session the first draft of the “CAV-ready framework” and the results of an online survey will be presented.Complementary to this session, the discussion about the requirements of CIVITAS cities will be thoroughly examined during a focus group meeting/s that will take place during the CIVITAS Deployment Day, which is on Day 2, 28 September 2017. More information will be available soon. If you want to receive up-to-date information, contact Syrus Gomari ( Will automated vehicles kill off mass transit in smaller urban areas?Fully automated vehicles (AVs) seem to promise much: increased safety, greater accessibility for those not currently able to drive, and (we are told) traffic efficiencies, leading to considerable increases in the practical capacity of highway networks.  But conventional transport economics tells us that, if costs go down, demand will go up; researchers are broadly in agreement that a likely consequence of AVs' benefits will be increased traffic. In particular, it is easy to believe that fixed-route mass transit will lose patronage to this new form of transport, which can bring about major traffic congestion consequences. A switch away from mass transit seems likelier in smaller urban areas than in big cities, since their transit systems tend to be bus-based and therefore in direct competition for road space with the car.The carbon consequences of a move from collective to individual transit could be serious. Without some concerted intervention, it seems likely that the typical journey currently made on public transport will convert to an AV-only trip.  The only actor with the power to prevent this is government at its various levels.4) CIVITAS Satellite E-learning: Connected and automated driving (CAD) in CIVITAS citiesDuring this session the CIVITAS e-learning course on connected and automated driving in CIVITAS cities will be officially launched. The presentation will provide an overview of the topics covered in the e-learning and the features that enable participants to have a truly interactive e-learning experience.The session will conclude with a panel discussion about the role of connected and automated driving in CIVITAS. Participants in the panel will include CIVITAS cities, CoEXist partner cities and European Commission representatives.

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