Seminar: Estimated Bounds and Important Factors for Fuel Use and Consumer Costs of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Friday, March 10, 2017
3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
440 Church Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109

The University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems welcomes Argonne National Laboratory scientist Tom Stephens, who will be presenting research from a recent multi-lab study entitled "Estimated Bounds and Important Factors for Fuel Use and Consumer Costs of Connected and Automated Vehicles." 

Co-Hosts: U-M Mobility Transformation Center,  U-M Energy Institute

About the research: The rapid advancement of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies may disrupt vehicle use, ownership, and design, resulting in large changes in energy consumption, use of alternative transportation modes, and development and deployment of efficiency-improving vehicle technologies. 

This report estimates ranges of potential effects of connected and automated vehicle (CAV) technologies on vehicle miles traveled (VMT), vehicle fuel efficiency, and costs to consumers. Analysis combining the VMT and efficiency effects under assumed high CAV market penetration produces national-level impact ranges for fuel use and, by extension, greenhouse gas emissions, since fuel switching (i.e., from gasoline to alternative fuels) is not considered.