Centre for Transport & Society CAV Research

The VENTURER project is interested in the perceptions and expectations that businesses, lobby groups, policy making organisations and local authorities have for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and a driverless mobility future. A team of researchers at the Centre for Transport & Society, UWE Bristol, designed and conducted a series of qualitative research interviews with representatives from these groups. The aim was to understand their perceptions and expectations in relation to:

• The potential applications for CAVs (platforms and technology) introduced to the market, and when;

• The level of autonomy (no autonomy (level 0) – full autonomy (level 5)) these applications could have;

• What factors (such as insurance, regulation, technological innovation, consumer preferences and other socio-technical aspects of the ‘personal mobility system’) would need to change to support a transition to connected and autonomous mobility;

• The type(s) of driverless mobility future the transition could realise; and

• The potential benefits, costs and risks associated with the transition.

The research team are now analysing the vast amount of qualitative data generated from the research with NVivo software. The analysis highlights similarities but also the stark differences in the driverless mobility future imagined by each group. The research also indicates that the transition to CAVs would not only be a matter of technological development or public acceptance, but the result of a complex, and sometimes unpredictable, interplay between cultural, social, political, regulatory and economic factors.

– Miriam Ricci Senior Research Fellow, UWE