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Will partially automated vehicles change the way we drive?
Consumers are purchasing and using partially automated vehicles—which use adaptive cruise control, steering assistance, and emergency braking to assist driving—yet little research has been done to understand how these vehicles are changing the way people drive. Research on personally-owned driverless vehicles suggests that these vehicles would result in large increases in vehicle use. What about partially automated vehicles, such as those with Tesla Autopilot or GM Super Cruise? By easing the driving experience, do they also induce more travel? Early evidence suggests yes. This presentation will explore qualitative and quantitative research findings from ITS UC Davis on how consumers are using partially automated vehicles, and how it is affecting their travel behavior.

Jun 4, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Scott Hardman
Research Engineer @Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, ITS-Davis
Dr. Scott Hardman is a Research Engineer at the Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California Davis (ITS-Davis). His research focus is on the use of electric vehicles (EVs) and automated vehicles (AVs) and policies to manage their adoption.
Dahlia Garas
Program Director @Plug-in Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center, UC Davis
Mrs. Dahlia Garas is the Research Program Director for the Plug-In Hybrid & Electric Vehicle Research Center at UC Davis. She came to UCD after working at Southern California Edison’s Electric Vehicle Technical Center as an engineer specializing in hybrid vehicle design and testing. Dahlia holds both B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Davis. While pursuing her degrees, she worked in the Hybrid Electric Vehicle Research Center, conducting research on prototype hybrid and electric vehicles, including energy storage system design and packaging, vehicle modeling and testing, active aerodynamics, and structural composites. Dahlia was also the team leader for the award-winning UC Davis FutureTruck Team.
Dan Sperling
Founding Director @Institute of Transportation Studies, UC Davis
Daniel Sperling is Distinguished Professor of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and Policy and founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis (ITS-Davis). He holds the transportation seat on the California Air Resources Board and served as Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in 2015-16. Sperling has served twice as lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, testified eight times before the U.S. Congress, and authored or co-authored over 250 technical papers and 13 books, including Three Revolutions: Steering Automated, Shared, and Electric Vehicles to a Better Future (Island Press, 2018).