The Political Economy 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.

University: 

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
selikat@american.edu

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: 

$3,445.82

Agency ID or Contract Number: 

69A3551747127

Dates: 

July 2020 to March 2021

Project Number: 

2053