Experts anticipate that within a decade or two, autonomous vehicles may well make up the majority of cars and trucks on the roads. How can the Washington region ensure that autonomous vehicles have a positive effect on safety, congestion, pollution, and sprawl instead of a negative one?
DCST has been convening experts from government, advocacy, and industry with business groups and other stakeholders to study the likely impacts of AVs on our region and make recommendations for public policy on issues such as safety, land use, sharing, testing, and more.
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How will autonomous vehicles affect the District of Columbia and the Washington region? The 2019 DC budget funds "a study which evaluates and makes recommendations around the impact of autonomous vehicles (AVs) on the District," which DCST is coordinating in partnership with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via have grown meteorically since launching just a few years ago. Meanwhile, transit ridership nationwide is declining, and some studies posit a direct connection. As a result, many transit supporters have sharply criticized these services. Some fears are warranted, but ride-hailing is also offering people a valuable transportation service.
Ride-hailing services like Uber, Lyft, and Via are growing rapidly. They are actually two kinds of service: private cars and shared, with shared cars much better for traffic, sustainability, and roadway efficiency. Now, the DC Council has taken a positive step to encourage sharing, relative to riding alone, in the tax code.
Congress is poised to take away many of the potential tools cities and states could use to shape the way automatic vehicles affect our transportation networks. Please ask your senators (if you have some) to give this issue more study and deliberation.