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Guiding Europe towards automation-ready SUMP processes


Read the new practitioner briefing on "Road Vehicle Automation in sustainable urban mobility planning" and send us your feedback!

In the framework of the revision process of the European Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans Guidelines (SUMP 2.0), the <link https: project coexist.html external link in new>CoEXist project has produced a practitioner briefing on “<link https: wp-content uploads sump2.0_practitioner-briefings_automation_final-draft.pdf external link in new>Road Vehicle Automation in sustainable urban mobility planning”.Update of the SUMP guidance documentsSince the first edition of the SUMP Guidelines was published in late 2013, it has acted as the main European reference document for urban transport and mobility practitioners involved in the development and implementation of Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs). Whilst the Guidelines continue to be used extensively, major new trends in many areas of urban mobility have emerged and a wealth of practical SUMP experience has been acquired over the last few years. This meant it was time to rethink and update the original Guidelines. Afteran intense one-year stakeholder engagement process, coordinated by main authors Rupprecht Consult, the draft second edition of the SUMP Guidelines was officially released at the EU SUMP Conference in Groningen on 17 June. Together with a series of topic guide documents on specific topics, in order to address mobility issues and areas which deserve a particular attention.Including automation in sustainable urban mobility planningBased on the work made for the <link https: wp-content uploads d1.1-automation-ready-framework-preliminary-version-1.pdf>Automation-Ready Framework, CoEXist has been in charge of drafting the “<link https: wp-content uploads sump2.0_practitioner-briefings_automation_final-draft.pdf _blank>Practitioner Briefing: Road vehicle automation in sustainable urban mobility planning”. The aim of this practitioner briefing is to provide guidance and best practice examples in order to increase the capacity of cities to introduce connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) into their sustainable urban mobility planning processes. This guidance document includes a detailed consideration of Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) from a planning perspective, mapping for the main uncertainties resulting from CAVs and setting guiding principles on how to mitigate them. It also provides recommendation on how the eight SUMP principles can be applied in the context of CAVs.The document guides planning practitioners and stakeholders by discussing the key factors and actions that need to be considered, in the frame of the SUMP cycle, to address road vehicle automation in the planning process. Among the main recommendations, it highlights the importance of raising awareness and building capacities among local practitioners, about the challenges and opportunities of such an innovative and complex technology. In addition, it recognises the need of adequate transport modelling tools to assess the potential impacts of CAV deployment and make informed decisions. A special consideration is made about the vital relation between public transport and CAD.Give your opinionA consultation period has been opened for the practitioner briefing on “Road Vehicle Automation in sustainable urban mobility planning”. Urban mobility stakeholders, local authorities and automation experts are all invited to provide their feedback and suggestions. The consultation goes until 30 September 2019, and will finalise with an open discussion at the CIVITAS Forum conference, in Graz, on 3 October 2019.We look forward to receiving your comments at:<link https: jfe form sv_3cc6lwbcncpcpt7>

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Siegfried Rupprecht

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Road vehicle automation in sustainable urban mobility planning