A Transportation Revolution Full of Promise and Challenge
Connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs), also known as self-driving cars, will revolutionize the way people and goods are transported across Delaware. Autonomous vehicles exchange information with each other and the surrounding transportation infrastructure, such as traffic signals, to navigate roadways with limited or no operator input. The technology can deliver many positive outcomes such as enhanced mobility for those currently unable to drive, but it could also generate policy challenges like continued downward pressure on state gas-tax revenue due to fuel economy savings.
Expertise to Analyze the Impact in Delaware
IPA's professional staff and students work with Delaware's Department of Transportation (DelDOT), municipalities, and University of Delaware colleagues to evaluate the impact that CAVs will have on our State’s future. IPA conducts applied and scholarly research, convenes stakeholders, and develops policy recommendations related to the impact of CAVs on:
- Economic development
- Technology, security, and privacy
- Transportation network infrastructure
- Public and highway safety
- Freight movement
- Integration with Smart Cities principles
- Workforce implications
- Community acceptance
Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
Through Executive Order 14, Governor John Carney established the Advisory Council on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, chaired by DelDOT Secretary Jennifer Cohan. The Council is tasked with evaluating the technology's impact on public safety, economic opportunity, security and privacy, and the design of Delaware’s transportation infrastructure. The Advisory Council is comprised of state government officials, industry representatives, labor leaders, state lawmakers, and regional planners. IPA Director Jerome Lewis was appointed to the council to represent the University of Delaware. Staff member Philip Barnes sits on the Technology, Security, and Privacy Subcommittee.
For more information about CAV research at the Institute for Public Administration and the University of Delaware, contact Phil Barnes.