Automated Vehicles University Course Module Series

Source: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center

In the fast-paced world of automated vehicle (AV) development, university course instructors, transportation professionals, city officials, and others are struggling to not only understand the current landscape of issues that accompany this emerging technology, but also anticipate current and future planning needs to prepare for them. Understanding the basics of AVs, as well as the challenges and opportunities they present, can help those learning or working within the realm of transportation engage with the evolving effects of a driverless future, and in particular, the implications for pedestrians and bicyclists. A university course series from PBIC introduces these concepts, providing a foundation and orientation for students and practitioners to learn more and join the conversation about the advancement of AVs and the safety and mobility for all road users.

The course series supplements existing undergraduate engineering courses and is also relevant to planning, public health, public policy, and more. The seven modules can be adapted for different lesson plans.

The seven modules include:

    • 1. Key Definitions
      2. AV Development: Past, Present, and Future
      3. AV Technology: How it Works (or Doesn’t)
      4. AV Testing Basics
      5. Pedestrian and Bicyclist Interaction
      6. Rulemaking Basics for AVs
      7. Considerations for Ped/Bike Planners, Engineers, and Stakeholders
  • Supporting documents and resources include a reading list.

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