Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

Evaluation Tools for Automated Shuttle Transit Readiness of the Area


This project aims to develop a general evaluation protocol for transit readiness in the area for Automated shuttle implementation. Using the data gathered from the EasyMile shuttle implemented in Fairfax County, Virginia, the research team will perform risk assessments and safety analysis for the automated shuttle to understand the risks associated with the interactions between the automated shuttle and other road users, roadway infrastructure, and traffic conditions. Protocols for future deployment planning and evaluation of pilot programs will be developed by the research team based on the data analysis results. The project is related to transportation safety as it explores the risk associated with the automated shuttles, and the shuttles service serves as a last-mile solution for several areas in the United States and will likely expand in the near future. The automated shuttle’s safety will increase significantly after the project as the traffic planners now have a deeper understanding of its safety limits and can plan its routes and deployment process accordingly.

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Research Investigators (PI*)

Charlie Klauer (VTTI/VT)*
Kevin Grove (VTTI/VT)
Yubin Hong (VT-Student)

Project Information

Start Date: 2021-01-01
End Date: 2022-04-01
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $60,388
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: 05-113

Safe-D Theme Areas

Automated Vehicles
Transportation as a Service

Safe-D Application Areas

Risk Assessment
Planning for Safety
Performance Measures

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
3500 Transportation Research Plaza
Blacksburg, Virginia 24061