The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been reminding us that the primary reason for deploying autonomous, connected vehicles (AV/CV) and connected automated vehicles (CAV) technology is to increase public safety. While system capacity, efficiency, reduced fuel consumption and increased sustainability are all secondary benefits, the federal agencies regulating the technology are predominately concerned with public safety and loss of life.
With all of the variable approaches to tolling, the one constant we seem to face is opposition. The success of the interstate system and gas tax funding make it difficult for some individuals to accept pricing in providing transportation solutions.
Tolled highway and bridge P3 projects are typically large, complicated, controversial, and fraught with risk.
The tolling aspects of operations and maintenance are usually a high priority during pre-procurement and procurement. Proposal teams will challenge some of the typical road and bridge operations and maintenance performance specifications if they are too stringent and/or if they feel they will inflate their bid and not provide the public and owner value.
How often do you check your voicemail from your home phone and check your email from your home computer?
Those eras are long gone for most people. For those who use a cell phone or a laptop computer or tablet, we want the technology to work faster and faster for us. Given that a cell phone is eligible for upgrade in less than 2 years, technology renewal is more rapid than ever before. Mobile applications must catch up and be compatible to the new hardware and their operating systems.
As we continue to see the many new advances that are being made in the area of transportation technology, we cannot help but wonder what the transportation and tolling industry will look like in 10 to 15 years.
Will the current business models for tolling agencies be the same? Will the need for more flexibility be the norm? No matter what, we can all agree that things as we know it will change.