Policy Brief: Maximizing Climate Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

Policy Brief: Maximizing Climate Benefits of Autonomous Vehicles

Guest Authored by Don Anair, Union of Concerned Scientists 

Contributors: Patty Monahan, Energy Foundation; Levi Tillemann, Valence Strategic; Matthew Barth, UC Riverside

Autonomous vehicles could reverse years of progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions or provide new opportunities for accelerating emission reductions. Policy options that pair autonomous technology with low-emission electric vehicles and shared-ride services can ensure climate benefits are realized from AV technology and potential emissions increases are minimized.