Call for Evidence: Accommodating Connected and Autonomous Vehicles

Throughout the world, technological advances and regulatory changes enabling the development of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (C/AVs) are presenting new challenges and opportunities for national, regional and local policy makers seeking to accommodate C/AVs within the built environment. Concerns around issues such as safety, urban design, and supporting infrastructure, alongside a long transitional period, further problematise this issue.

At the same time, efforts are being made to pursue policies aimed at decarbonising cities, promoting public health and liveability, balancing economic growth and social inclusion, and increasing levels of walking and cycling. This introduces further potential tensions in the policy and infrastructure landscape of cities. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these challenges as policy makers seek to accommodate social distancing requirements within transit systems and the built environment.

An important first step in the project is to gather insights from a range of stakeholders. We are interested in hearing from all individuals, policymakers, private sector, government organisations, NGOs, or pressure groups who may have evidence relating to the questions this Policy Expo is concerned with.

How to respond:

In this survey we have outlined three overarching questions and we would be grateful for responses to some or all of these questions. We have also included further prompts for each question to help with your responses.

Where relevant, please highlight evidence or supporting literature. Please include links to where this evidence can be found online, if possible.

If you prefer to provide a written response in another format, you can send these to us by email. These written submissions can be structured however the contributor wishes but we expect these to be no longer than 10 pages, excluding references or supporting evidence. This type of submission can be submitted directly to us at Please include ‘RSA Policy Expo’ in the subject line.

How we will use your responses:

This Call for Evidence forms part of a wider data collection exercise the Policy Expo team are undertaking to study this issue. Any evidence submitted will be fully attributed to you, unless you specify that you wish to submit anonymously.

We will use insights gained through the Call for Evidence, and further stakeholder interviews and focus groups, to produce a policy-facing book as part of the RSA’s Impact and Policy Series. It is anticipated this will be published in 2022.
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