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Preparing Infrastructure for Automated Vehicles

Automated vehicles are becoming more prevalent and capable, but they have different requirements than cars wholly controlled by human drivers. This report examines what is needed now to support automated vehicles, focusing on three policy-making areas: physical infrastructure, data and digital infrastructure, and institutional frameworks. It draws on the deliberations of an ITF Working Group, as well as interviews with policy makers, developers and experts.

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Policy Insights

  • Policy makers need new skills and partners to optimise the function and benefits of automated vehicles on their roads
  • Automated vehicles will use existing roads in the near term, and are supported by good maintenance to a defined standard
  • Developing “invisible infrastructures” offers greater opportunities for near-term benefits than upgrades to physical infrastructure
  • A blueprint for co-operation can help traffic managers maximise the benefit of introducing automated vehicles as part of a wider transport network
  • Standardised testing procedures across jurisdictions can accelerate the spread of automated vehicles
  • Traffic laws and behavioural norms must be ready for automated vehicles
  • There needs to be clear and coherent responsibility for ensuring automated vehicles work within a Safe System
  • Developers and policy makers should co-operate on a research programme focused on key issues related to automated vehicles

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