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The societal benefits of vehicle connectivity

Lempert, Robert J. and Preston, Benjamin and Charan, Sophia M. and Fraade-Blanar, Laura and Blumenthal, Marjory S. (2021) The societal benefits of vehicle connectivity. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, 93 . Art. No. 102750. ISSN 1361-9209. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20210308-080143921

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Abstract

Connected vehicles (CV) comprise a broad class of capabilities enabled by automobiles, other vehicles, and components of the roadway system communicating with each other. A fast growing commercial market, CV has the potential for significant, but heretofore under-explored societal benefits. This study employs a scenario analysis to estimate environmental, health, access, and equity outcomes from widespread deployment of CV in the United States by 2035. A Mobility for All scenario, envisioning favorable policy and optimistic assumptions about technology progress, provides significant societal benefits. Two alternative scenarios, Mobility in Transition and Fragmented Mobility, provide environmental benefits similar to one another, but the latter degrades health, access, and equity for most of the population. The scenarios suggest that CV’s most significant societal benefits arise from its interactions with automation and electrification and that enhancing equity in any push towards CV represent a low-regrets option for public, private, and civil society actors.


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https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.102750DOIArticle
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Charan, Sophia M.0000-0002-2023-6403
Additional Information:© 2021 Elsevier Ltd. Available online 3 March 2021. This work was made possible through funding from the Ford Motor Company. We thank Tim Wallington and Sandy Winkler at Ford, Stanley Young and Alex Schroeder at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the attendees at our June 2019 workshop for their comments, suggestions, and support.
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Ford Motor CompanyUNSPECIFIED
Subject Keywords:Connected vehicles; Scenario analysis; Greenhouse gas reductions; Health, access, and equity impacts
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Official Citation:Robert J. Lempert, Benjamin Preston, Sophia M. Charan, Laura Fraade-Blanar, Marjory S. Blumenthal, The societal benefits of vehicle connectivity, Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment, Volume 93, 2021, 102750, ISSN 1361-9209, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.102750.
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Deposited On:08 Mar 2021 21:08
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