Connected and Automated Vehicles: Understanding Potential Benefits and Implications

Connected and Automated Vehicles: Understanding Potential Benefits and Implications


  • Jackeline Rios-Torres, Energy and Transportation Science Division
March 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am


Since their invention, automobiles revolutionized the way we travel and have become vital for the development of our society. However, we are currently facing many lateral effects related to their massive use such as increased traffic accidents, environmental degradation, and traffic congestion. In 2010, 1.24 million deaths related to traffic accidents were reported worldwide while in 2014, 6.9 billion hours and 3.1 billion extra gallons of fuel were wasted by people due to vehicular congestion, translating to about $160 billion. Recently, connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) have become the focus of intensive research and appear to be a solution to alleviate some of the current transportation issues. They allow for vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, facilitating their coordination and control. It seems like they are fostering a new revolution moving us from vehicles that operate independently from each other while being controlled by a driver to “computers on wheels” that are connected to each other, do not need a driver. and can be shared. This talk will present some of the challenges that this new technology is bringing along, summarize some findings regarding its potential benefits and implications, and discuss some of the questions that remain unanswered.

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About the Speaker:
Jackeline Rios-Torres, a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow in the Energy and Transportation Science Division, is the principal investigator of a project for the DOE SMART Mobility initiative. Since 2010, she has been working on several projects related to connected and automated vehicles, intelligent transportation systems, eco-driving and energy management. Her research efforts have included a broad variety of scenarios to analyze and develop strategies to increase the energy efficiency in the transportation sector. Her areas of expertise include optimal control theory, modeling, control and simulation of advanced powertrain vehicles and traffic coordination for connected and automated vehicles. 

Sponsoring Organization 

National Transportation Research Center Transportation Science Seminar


  • Joint Institute for Computational Sciences
  • Building: 5100
  • Room: Auditorium (Room 128)

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