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Leading the Way in Connected and Automated Vehicle (C/AV) Technology

Remember how movies used to portray a future with driverless cars? Think about Blade Runner, I, Robot or Total Recall.  

Well, the future is now.

Regardless of how they are called - driverless cars, autonomous cars, self-driving cars or connected and automated vehicles (C/AV) – new projects in that field are announced almost every day.

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Driverless

Australia will test a driverless electric shuttle bus in Perth, starting April 2016. In London, autonomous pods that can carry six passengers will be tested in the streets of the UK capital. In Asia, the Seoul National University has been testing a driverless taxi that takes disabled students across its campus. And the list goes on and on, and many don’t hesitate to make their predictions about when autonomous cars will be available to all.

Governments are also betting big on the trend. In the US, the Obama administration proposes to spend $4 billion on driverless cars. But if things go as planned, the title of the capital of self-driving cars could go to the Isle of Man. The small island that sits between Britain and Ireland wants to open all its roads to autonomous cars.

Years of experience in intelligent transportation systems

Thanks to its experts across the globe, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is at the forefront of development in this new and exciting industry. We started thinking about the implications of driverless cars a long time ago and we have been engaged with C/AV programs for several years.

For example, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff was the infrastructure team leader for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Safety Pilot program, operating in Ann Arbor, Michigan. To date, this project is the largest federal pilot program for connected vehicle technologies.

“We’re now at the doorstep of this profound change. The driverless car is no longer science fiction”, says Scott Shogan, the connected/automated vehicle (C/AV) market leader at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff.

Scot Coleman, WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff Section Executive in Australia totally agrees. “It’s not a matter of if, but when, we will see the introduction of highly automated vehicles on Australian roads”, he wrote in a recent press release.

The impact of driverless cars

For sure, the arrival of self-driving cars is a game changer. It will profoundly affect the transportation industry… but other sectors as well.

In her blog Driving Towards Driverless Cars, Lauren Isaac – who is manager of sustainable transportation in the U.S at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff - often writes on the impacts of this new industry. Think of insurance (safety record), infrastructures (road and urban design), advertising, technology and so on.

In an interview with Engineers Australia, Scot Coleman made it clear. “Governments, road agencies and private road operators throughout the world will need to be ready to deal with the significant operational, social and economic ramifications of AV.”

Are you ready?