Public Acceptance and Socio-Economic Analysis of Shared Autonomous Vehicles: Implications for Policy and Planning
Konstantina “Nadia” Gkritza, Professor of Civil and Agricultural and Biological Engineering – Purdue University
Director of Sustainable Transportation Systems Research Group (STSRG) – Purdue University
Campus Director – NSF ASPIRE Engineering Research Center
Shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs) are emerging as an alternative mode of transportation that could impact mobility and accessibility. The objective of the proposed work is twofold: i) investigate the public acceptance towards SAVs by assessing the intention to switch from public transportation in favor of ride-sharing services operated by autonomous vehicles (SAVs) using data from two cities in the Midwest (Indianapolis, IN and Chicago, IL) and ii) conduct a socioeconomic analysis, using the results of market segmentation analysis for the two study areas, to inform policy and planning decisions. The results of this study could convincingly answer key questions on the value proposition, market adoption on SAVs and characteristics of distinct market segments; thereby providing a deployment pathway for SAVs adoption.
Research Thrust(s): Policy & Planning
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