The mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research. In an objective and interdisciplinary setting, TRB facilitates the sharing of information on transportation practice and policy by researchers and practitioners; stimulates research and offers research management services that promote technical excellence; provides expert advice on transportation policy and programs; and disseminates research results broadly and encouraged their implementation. TRB is one of six major divisions of the National Research Council— a private, nonprofit institution that is the principal operating agency of the National Academies in providing services to the government, the public, and the scientific and engineering communities.
The Workshop on Road Vehicle Automation is organized through the Joint Subcommittee on the Challenges and Opportunities for Road Vehicle Automation and sponsored by the following standing committees:
Intelligent Transportation Systems (AHB15) is concerned with ITS systems-level issues. Such issues include conceptual system planning and design, integration of technologies and approaches from various sub-disciplines within ITS, applications to all modes of ground transportation and to facilitate intermodal integration, and evaluation of the overall impacts of ITS on the developers, users, and operators of all parts of the ground transportation system. Activities focus on the broad planning, policy, economic, social, technological, and institutional aspects of the development and implementation of ITS. The Committee also facilitates coordination of ITS- related issues with other standing committees of TRB.
Vehicle-Highway Automation (AHB30) is concerned with the development, application, and operation of driver assistance and automated control to the vehicle and highway system. The scope includes all forms and levels of control ranging from driver assistance systems operating on existing streets and highways to full vehicle control systems
operating on freeway type and/or dedicated lane facilities. It further includes systems that support specialized highway related functions including maintenance, fleet operations, and similar applications. The emphasis is on control systems that will enhance user safety, system efficiency, and operational performance while providing for increased convenience and trip quality to the highway user. The objectives of the committee are to provide a focus and forum within the TRB for vehicle-highway automation and to promote a better understanding within the transportation profession of these systems including their research, deployment, and operation.
Major Activity Center Circulation Systems (AP040) is concerned with the full range of relationships among those physical and non-physical factors which are found to affect the healthful functioning of major activity centers (MACs). These include the types of and demand for circulation services and their relationship to land use densities and
configurations; the capacities, physical characteristics, operating characteristics, and service-related amenities of automated people movers (APMs), moving walkways, shuttle bus services, personal automated transport, ropeways, and other systems designed to meet circulation needs; parking policies and locations, parking-pedestrian and parkingtransit interfaces, station and stop design and location; and economic, planning, implementation and maintenance aspects of these systems.
Emerging and Innovative Public Transportation and Technologies (AP020) considers new, emerging and innovative concepts of public transport systems and technologies. This covers new concepts and technologies related to: public and private transport modes, equipment, and facilities, information systems and communication technologies,
propulsion systems, and transit technology integration with land use, smart parking, and carsharing and bike sharing.
Emerging Technology Law (AL040) provides a forum for the discussion of legal and public policy issues arising from the identification, development, and application of emerging technology to transportation systems, including legal issues associated with the creation of appropriate public institutions, legal authority, procurement, contracting for
innovation, data rights, public access to information, liability and risk allocation, public/private partnering, and related concerns.
Vehicle User Characteristics (AND10) is concerned with the needs, capabilities, and limitations of vehicle users as these considerations affect the design, operation, and maintenance of personal, commercial and public transportation systems embracing highway and rail operations. The objectives of this committee are to maximize performance, safety, comfort, and efficiency of such systems.
Transportation Energy (ADC70) considers factors that affect energy efficiency and energy use in passenger and freight transportation and the resulting impacts on energy consumption, energy security, greenhouse gas emissions, and related public concerns.