Presence of Autonomous Vehicles Felt in US, a discussion from the annual Transportation Research Board Meeting

Technology is changing the transportation landscape as freight carriers move toward self-driving vehicles and public officials look for new ways to develop infrastructure and prepare for what could be a major shift in traffic patterns and driving behavior.

Speakers from the United States and Europe discussed at the Transportation Research Board annual meeting Jan. 15 the impact of autonomous delivery services on the way goods are distributed. They also noted what local and state governments can do to accommodate an exponential increase in shipments, fueled by the growth of e-commerce, to homes and businesses, especially in cities and suburban areas.