TAC Releases Primer on Connected and Automated Vehicles for Municipalities

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

The Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) has released Connected and Automated Vehicles: A Primer for Canadian Municipalities (2021). It can be downloaded for free from TAC’s online Catalogue or our CAV resources webpage.

TAC’s Connected & Automated Vehicles (CAV) Task Force was formed in 2018 to help Association members prepare for the emergence of CAVs. One identified gap was the lack of a concise introduction to CAVs for Canadian municipal stakeholders including senior managers, elected officials and other non-transportation staff. Surveys have shown that many people get their knowledge of CAVs mainly from news articles and social media posts, which can lack balance and are often inaccurate.

To remedy this situation, volunteers from TAC’s CAV Task Force have created a ten-page primer on CAVs. It explains the basics of connected vehicle (CV) and automated vehicle (AV) technologies, and identifies commercially available systems. It discusses how CAVs could be used, explains the roles of both public and private sectors, and suggests ways that CAVs could impact key municipal concerns including safety, congestion, land use and public transit. Finally, it suggests a number of ways that municipalities can prepare for CAVs, and describes TAC’s role in the CAV ecosystem.

“The world of CAVs is fast-moving, and it’s easy to get confused by marketing messages,” said Kenedee Ludwar, Chair of TAC’s CAV Task Force and Director of Transportation Systems and Road Safety Engineering for British Columbia’s Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. “For municipalities who are concerned about CAV needs and impacts, this primer can be the foundation of a realistic understanding of CAVs—both what we know, and what we don’t.”

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