Towards a methodology to identify design changes for urban transport infrastructure in the era of automated driving and vehicle sharing
Published on Jan 1, 2016
Automated driving and vehicle sharing are considered among the most influential concepts for future urban and transport systems. While research has so far examined impacts of these concepts on traffic and to some extent mobility, the question about potential implications for urban transport infrastructure design has received much less attention. Yet, possible societal benefits from redesigning urban transport infrastructure taking advantage of capabilities and opportunities of the new mobility concepts are expected to be significant. A four-stepped methodology is proposed to explore possible impacts of automated driving and vehicle sharing on urban road, parking and public transport infrastructures design. Starting from generation of development scenarios of upcoming mobility concepts and using key indicators of design changes, the redesign opportunities for urban transport infrastructure are specified. Further evaluation of new urban design topology from economic, social and environmental perspective aims to select the most favorable designs. The research can result in developed long-range path plans, guidelines and recommendations on what, how and when are to be redesigned in urban transport infrastructures.