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Emerging Technologies

Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV’s), also known as driverless cars utilize technological advancements to enable vehicles to take over some or all the driving responsibilities that a person has traditionally fulfilled. Driverless cars will impact the future – but how and when remain uncertain.

Other technologies will expand our transportation options, improve operations and expand the information at our fingertips. We need to anticipate possibilities and identify how the transportation system needs to adapt with technology.

The TPB has conducted a webinar series to raise awareness and understanding of critical issues related to CAV. The TPB has produced a white paper that also supports the development of the region’s planning, policy, and programming priorities related to CAVs. This paper identifies actions the TPB may take to further achievement of its goals and minimize the potential for adverse impacts as CAVs are deployed.

Learn more about the TPB planning activities for this factor:
Connected and Automated Vehicles

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV’s), also known as driverless cars, utilize technological advancements that could change how we imagine traveling in the future. It is important for the transportation planning process to consider what role CAV’s may play in our transportation system and how to ensure they help us achieve our goals, as more technology becomes available. At TPB, we’re examining these issues, identifying TPB’s roles in CAV planning and coordination, as well as the roles of federal, state, and local partners.

In 2020, TPB produced a whitepaper on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Download the CAV Whitepaper

CAV are one of the Future Factors we are exploring to inform the update to Visualize 2045 – learn more.

Download Future Factors infographic

The Systems Performance, Operations and Technology Subcommittee (SPOTS) advises the TPB on matters of performance outcomes of the transportation system; transportation operations and management, including considerations of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) technologies in improving those operations; and emerging transportation technologies. The Subcommittee also provides a regional forum for coordination among Transportation Planning Board member agencies and other stakeholders on these topics.

Maryland DOT CAV activities: Actions in Maryland on Connected and Automated Vehicles

Virginia DOT Connected and Automated Vehicle Program: Connected and Automated Vehicle Program – Programs | Virginia Department of Transportation (