AECOM is studying feasibility, planning and designing pilot projects, then developing, financing, operating and maintaining the infrastructure and programs to make connected and automated vehicles, including self-driving cars, buses and trucks, a safe reality around the world.

Our lives in the near future will be highly influenced by cars that sense and avoid collisions while simultaneously alerting other cars, pedestrians and cyclists of this avoidance; trucks that can carry more cargo in less space; on-demand shuttles that can take you from a train stop to your final destination; city centers without parking lots, electric vehicles that don’t need to stop to recharge as their occupants use the vehicle as an extension of their home, traveling from point A to B.

By carefully mapping how connected and automated vehicles will affect future transportation networks, AECOM is helping to forecast, develop and meet federal, regional, and local safety, mobility, and environmental goals. With a focus on research and development, analytics, security, design, construction, operations and maintenance, our experts are prepared with integrated solutions for the next wave of transportation innovation.

Featured Projects:

United States Department of Transportation: Researched and assisted with development of a concept of operations for vehicle to infrastructure safety applications.

Minnesota Department of Transportation: Autonomous Bus Pilot Project: Conducted a feasibility study for an autonomous bus that can safely operate in cold climates.

New Zealand Ministry of Transport: Deployment of Connected and Automated Vehicles: Investigated technical readiness to support deployment of level 3 (conditional autonomy) and level 4 (nearly autonomous) connected and automated vehicles.

City of Detroit: Connected Vehicle Testbed: Supported daily maintenance and operation of a testbed facility.

Michigan Department of Transportation: Connected Vehicle Deployment & Guidance: Development of design plans to expand connected vehicle deployment infrastructure.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Connected and Autonomous Pilot: Supporting pilot scheme for use of connected and automated vehicles to move people around airports, hospitals, business parks, and shopping and tourist centers.

Click HERE to see AECOM’s growing list of connected and automated vehicles projects.


AECOM Connected and Automated Vehicles Capabilities:

  • Transportation Operations – Traffic analysis, simulation, intersection and signal design, traffic control centers

  • Research & Development – Technology development and application, feasibility analysis, behavior studies, technology acceptance

  • Modeling Impacts of Connected and Automated Vehicles – Travel demand forecasting, micro-simulation, scenario modeling and analysis

  • Safety Analysis & Assessment – Traffic, pedestrian, bicycle and transit

  • Testing and Evaluation – Pilot projects, development of performance measures, performance dashboards, developing technology roadmaps

  • Knowledge & Technology Transfer – Sharing international best practices for planning, designing, implementing and sustaining connected and automated vehicles solutions

  • Human Factors Research – Exploring how human driver behavior will change as a result of connected and automated vehicles

  • Data Analytics – Big data analysis, performance measurement, predictive algorithms

  • Cybersecurity Solutions – Data privacy and protection

  • Policy & Planning – Connected and automated vehicles readiness planning, long-range planning and visioning, incorporating connected and automated vehicles into capital improvement plans, policy development, connected and automated vehicles scenario planning, incorporating connected and automated vehicles into transit service

  • Design – Roadway design, architectural and landscape design, connected- and automated-vehicles-friendly parking design, ITS systems design, cost estimation

  • Construction – Traffic, pedestrian, bicycle and transit

  • Resiliency – Risk mitigation strategies, emergency management

  • Legal and Regulations – Legal analysis, regulatory development

  • Economic Analysis – Labor force impacts, economic benefits, financial analysis

  • Environmental – Vehicle emissions profiles, electric vehicle infrastructure

Innovation in Transportation: Innovation and application of new technologies to transportation is systematic at AECOM. Our business model not only empowers us to effectively respond to the rapid advancement of technology, but, more importantly, to drive it. Where do you want to go and how do you want to get there? Imagine it. Delivered.