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Stopher, Peter R.; Tassio B. Magassy; Ram M. Pendyala; Devon McAslan; Farah Najar Arevalo; Thaddeus Miller;
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As a part of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox program, Valley Metro and an automated vehicle (AV) company partnered to pilot the use of AVs for Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, a curb-to-curb individual mobility service via taxi or ride-hailing services for people with disabilities and for older adults over the age of 65 and living in Greater Phoenix. This project was a six-month demonstration of AVs SAE J3016 (Level 4, high driving automation) with a vehicle safety operator on-board that occurred between September 15, 2019– March 15, 2020. The objective of the project was to study the potential behavioral impacts of AV MOD services and to understand the potential for AVs to meet the daily needs of otherwise mobility-disadvantaged citizens. The AV rides were offered in a geo-fenced area of about 100 square miles. Three surveys (Prior-, During-, and Post-Pilot) were conducted collecting responses on the safety, convenience, willingness to ride alone or with family/friends, and the likelihood of making new trips for the new AV option from 51 participants. The researchers also analyzed trip data including trip origins and destinations, time of day, cost, travel time, wait time, and distance.

In addition to the surveys and trip data, two focus groups and a policymaker roundtable were held to gain insights on key questions that could further illuminate underlying motivations, attitudes, and perceptions that could drive the future of AV MOD services.

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As a part of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox program, Valley Metro and an automated vehicle (AV) company partnered to pilot the use of AVs for Valley Metro’s RideChoice program, a curb-to-curb individual mobility service via taxi or ride-hailing services for people with disabilities and for older adults over the age of 65 and living in Greater Phoenix. This project was a six-month demonstration of AVs SAE J3016 (Level 4, high driving automation) with a vehicle safety operator on-board that occurred between September 15, 2019– March 15, 2020. The objective of the project was to study the potential behavioral impacts of AV MOD services and to understand the potential for AVs to meet the daily needs of otherwise mobility-disadvantaged citizens. The AV rides were offered in a geo-fenced area of about 100 square miles. Three surveys (Prior-, During-, and Post-Pilot) were conducted collecting responses on the safety, convenience, willingness to ride alone or with family/friends, and the likelihood of making new trips for the new AV option from 51 participants. The researchers also analyzed trip data including trip origins and destinations, time of day, cost, travel time, wait time, and distance.

In addition to the surveys and trip data, two focus groups and a policymaker roundtable were held to gain insights on key questions that could further illuminate underlying motivations, attitudes, and perceptions that could drive the future of AV MOD services.

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FTA Report No. 0198
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Prepared by Arizona State University for US FTA
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An Evaluation of the Valley Metro–Waymo Automated Vehicle RideChoice Mobility on Demand Demonstration, Final Report
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