How will State Motor Vehicle Violation Fines be Impacted by Widespread Use of Autonomous Vehicles?

This research focuses on the intersection between the widespread use of autonomous vehicles and their impact on governmental policy and revenue at the federal, state and local levels including infrastructure, penal law and societal benefits. The research examines revenues collected by States and Cities that are tied to a drivers’ license or the act of driving, explores what could happen to that revenue when autonomous vehicles are in widespread use, and identifies what steps/changes governmental bodies can begin now to brace for a potential loss in revenue.

Mineta Consortium for Transportation Mobility
Principal Investigator: 
Selika Talbott
PI Contact Information: 

Professorial Lecturer of Public Administration and Policy
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided (by each agency or organization): 

U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology – $3,445.82

Total Project Cost: 
Agency ID or Contract Number: 
July 2020 to March 2021
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