Guidelines How to become an automation-ready road authority

1 June 2021
This document describes the current state of automation-readiness in European cities, evidencing the need for guidance and knowledge exchange regarding CCAM. It presents the results of CoEXist’s stakeholder consultation activities and reflects on the main aspects to be considered.   Furthermore, this document presents the developed automation-ready modelling tools and road infrastructure impact assessment methodology, respectively, setting a technical framework to investigate CCAM scenarios and evaluate expected effects on urban mobility.   In addition, the automation-ready tools developed within the CoEXist project have been used to evaluate the traffic impact of automation for eight strategically selected use cases in four different cities.   Also, the automation-ready planning framework is introduced, as well as its application in CoEXist cities for the development of concrete Action Plans, outlining key measures, the followed strategies and lessons learnt.   In this way, this report delivers concrete guidance, tools and methodologies to enable cooperative action and informed decision-making about the deployment of Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM), supporting road authorities in their way towards automation-readiness.   Recommendations about how local authorities can shape CAV deployment in alignment with their policy goals: Authorities should look at planning for Cooperative Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) as an element of a more fundamental change process: proactive action to get ready for the challenges of conducting planning processes towards CAV deployment.Planning for CCAM should be based on analyses of all modes and supported by all stakeholders (and not on an SAE perspective).Transport and infrastructure planning through adequate tools: automation-ready modelling functionalities & impact assessment framework, with strategically defined Key Performance Indicators in relation to local policy goals.In addition to (old) risks, new opportunities for sustainable urban development arise, which can potentially spur flexibility and create room for experiments.   The key take-away of this document is that cities should be aware of the various opportunities, and challenges that arise from CCAM deployment. A structured & well-informed decision-making process, through holistic frameworks, is required to ensure sustainable and affordable services that align with local policy goals and respond to user needs.