NOTE: This project is underway as NCHRP 19-17. BTSCRP provided some funding to address the behavioral traffic safety elements related to autonomous vehicles.
The objective of this research is to review and document existing and anticipated future changes to the vehicle fleet. With this information, researchers will develop an outline of how these changes will likely affect safety performance over time and what potential changes to design and operational criteria could be developed to maximize the potential benefits.
The research will then be used to develop a framework and strategic approach for the safety profession to consider in developing and implementing new design criteria and operational approaches that consider these technological advances.