PAVE: Dr. Hickman, tell us more about your research.
Automated trucks hold the promise of increased safety, productivity, and efficiency; however, it is unclear how these vehicles should be integrated into fleet operations with conventional trucks. Our research will provide the trucking industry with clear guidelines on how to safely implement, and benefit from, automated trucks and provide critical data to inform USDOT rulemaking.
PAVE: How does your work align with the PAVE mission of educating the public on AV technology and its promise?
We are currently developing a concept of operations for automated trucks in a mixed-fleet environment. Part of this program involves outreach with end users; thus, PAVE is an excellent springboard for sharing progress in this space.
PAVE: What are current barriers you see in public education and/or acceptance of automated vehicles?
There are many, which differ by demographics, etc. We may have gotten ahead of ourselves in predicting driverless vehicles yesterday, so we need the public to understand their capabilities (and limitations) in the near term.