CDM Smith Lands Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Study for ODOT
COLUMBUS, Ohio—CDM Smith has been selected by the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) to help study and model future scenarios related to autonomous and connected vehicles. CDM Smith principal transportation technology leader Marwan Madi noted that the project approach will leverage scenario planning, a unique approach to planning that guides the development of plausible “futures,” or scenarios, for what mobility will look like. Scenario planning will help the team work backward from the developed scenarios to identify a range of impactful investment and policy decisions to support future mobility.
ODOT selected CDM Smith to evaluate and test the impacts of connected and autonomous vehicles on future transportation and mobility in Ohio. By developing several plausible scenarios that represent the future and then modeling these scenarios, CDM Smith will help ODOT identify short-term and long-term investments, projects and upgrades. CDM Smith’s transportation team will also help ODOT design the modeling tools needed to factor in these technologies into future planning. “Scenario planning will help uncover the implications of emerging technologies that are relevant to ODOT’s unique transportation environment, creating a clear path forward for future planning,” said Madi.
Reflecting on the win, Madi said, “Every city, state, metropolitan planning organization or county that is looking to deploy connected and or autonomous vehicles must go through the process of assessing impacts, gathering data and evaluating resources to get a better sense of how deploying these technologies will affect transportation systems in the coming years. Scenario planning helps them do just that, so they can feel confident in their investments, even as technologies change.”
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