Impacts of automated vehicles on travel behaviour and land use: an international review of modelling studies

 

 

 

 

 

Impacts of automated vehicles on travel behaviour and land use: an international review of modelling studies

 

Aggelos Soteropoulos and Martin Berger, together with Francesco Ciari from Joanneum Research Graz, have reviewed international studies and applied models to assess potential impacts of automated vehicles on travel behaviour and land use.

Abstract

Automated vehicles (AVs) could completely change mobility in the coming years and decades. As AVs are still under development and gathering empirical data for further analysis is not yet possible, existing studies mainly applied models and simulations to assess their impact. This paper provides a comprehensive review of modelling studies investigating the impacts of AVs on travel behaviour and land use. It shows that AVs are mostly found to increase vehicle miles travelled and reduce public transport and slow modes share. This particularly applies to private AVs, which are also leading to a more dispersed urban growth pattern. Shared automated vehicle fleets, conversely, could have positive impacts, including reducing the overall number of vehicles and parking spaces. Moreover, if it is assumed that automation would make the public transport system more efficient, AVs could lead to a favouring of urbanisation processes. However, results are very sensitive to model assumptions which are still very uncertain (e.g. the perception of time in AVs) and more research to gain further insight should have priority in future research as well as the development of the models and their further adaptation to AVs

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