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The Trip Characteristics of a Pilot Autonomous Vehicle Rider Program: Revealing Late Night Service Needs and Desired Increases in Service Quality, Reliability and Safety

Authors : William Riggs, Niel Schrage, Shivani Shukla, Shannon Mark

Published in: Road Vehicle Automation 10

Publisher: Springer Nature Switzerland

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Abstract

A substantial and growing body of literature has provided educated guesses and transportation demand modeling about how riders might behave in autonomous vehicles (AVs). No studies to-date have explored how riders behave when given access to rides in these new modes of transportation, and how AVs can help address lingering transportation challenges in the city, such as transit deserts, congestion, and increased sustainable modes of transport. This paper evaluates a first-of-its-kind program, offering passengers autonomous rides in Cruise vehicles between the hours of 11:00pm-5:00am when transit services are less prevalent. Results indicate that more than 76% of reported travel by AV riders was mode substitution, largely diverting from rideshare and transit. Over 55% of trips replaced rideshare travel—most of these trips were for social/recreational and shopping/errands. These results suggest that most AV trips may not create induced or latent demand but rather provide an opportunity to address network gaps and last mile connectivity. The results hold additional promise as the importance and popularity of new shared vehicle solutions emerge in the marketplace.

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Metadata
Title
The Trip Characteristics of a Pilot Autonomous Vehicle Rider Program: Revealing Late Night Service Needs and Desired Increases in Service Quality, Reliability and Safety
Authors
William Riggs
Niel Schrage
Shivani Shukla
Shannon Mark
Copyright Year
2023
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-34757-3_9

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