Policy Brief: Keeping Vehicle Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Check in a Driverless Vehicle World

Policy Brief: Keeping Vehicle Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Check in a Driverless Vehicle World

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Keeping Vehicle Use and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Check in a Driverless Vehicle World

Co-Authors:  Giovanni Circella, University of California at Davis; Chris Ganson, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research*; Caroline Rodier, University of California at Davis 
*For identification purposes only

To support VMT and GHG containment goals:

  1. Deploy driverless vehicles as shared use vehicles, rather than privately owned
  2. Ensure widespread carpooling
  3. Deploy driverless vehicles with zero tailpipe emissions
  4. Take advantage of opportunities to introduce pricing
  5. Increase line haul transit use rather than replacing it
  6. Ensure driverless vehicles are not larger or more energy consumptive
  7. Program vehicle behavior to improve livability, safety and comfort on surface streets

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