Unsettled Topics Concerning Autonomous Public Transportation Systems EPR2020020
With billions of dollars of investment and events like DARPA’s Grand Challenges
automated driving technology has been making its way toward commercialization.
While the enabling technology for SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles (AV) has
not yet matured, specific restricted-use models such as “robo-taxis” and
automated truck convoying show great promise. Now, cities are across the world
are looking to AVs to solve their public transportation issues.
With low speeds and fixed route, public transportation is an ideal application
for AVs. From a business angle, AVs could leverage existing public transport
models and infrastructure while providing superior quality of service for
disadvantaged communities. Yet, dense urban environments—which would benefit
from automated transportation the most—present unique challenges and public
This SAE EDGE™ Research Report by Dr. Rahul Razdan examines the divergent
applications and experiences of four urban cities as they engage with AV
technology for their specific purposes: Jacksonville and Orlando, Florida;
Tallinn; and Singapore.