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Suburban Areas Most Affected by Automated Driving

This project initiates a new research direction of mutual interest to the mobility industry and urban designers/planners—the effects of automated driving on urban areas. Most current media and research interest in the automated sector focuses on dense urban environments, however, ongoing research the Center for Advanced Urbanism (CAU) documents how the suburban environment is the dominant form of urbanization in the U.S. (50%+ of the population, 55% of commute destinations). It is likely to remain dominant given the majority share of population and employment in suburban areas. The research team, in collaboration with the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA), will be exploring the economic costs and savings associated with commuting under various self-driving scenarios.