Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions
Call on CATES for technical and management consulting, policy advisory services, and contract research on small vehicle automation and electrification.
Project in Development:
John Niles wrote an essay in the New Geography blog of April 13, 2017 titled "Urban Leaders Should Plan for the Public Transit of the Future" describing the two distinct markets for automated vehicles.
John Niles was lead author of a chapter in the book Disrupting Mobility published by Springer in January 2017; click here for a direct link to a preview of the chapter titled "Transit Leap: A Deployment Path for Shared-Use Autonomous Vehicles that Supports Sustainability."
A research paper �How cities can use autonomous vehicles to increase transit ridership and reduce household vehicle ownership� co-authored by John Niles was named a runner-up for the best conference paper at the May 2016 annual Canadian Transportation Research Forum in Toronto.
CATES wrote a chapter in the well-received book from Springer, Road Vehicle Automation, published in May 2014; click on the book cover for further information from the publisher. Title of our chapter is "Synergies Between Vehicle Automation, Telematics Connectivity, and Electric Propulsion" by Steve Marshall and John Niles.
John Niles presented a paper "Connected, Automated, Zero-Emission Cars Are Essential for Improving Livable, Sustainable Communities" to the 2014 World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems, Detroit, Michigan, September 10, 2014. [Click for full text of paper.]
Steve Marshall presented a poster titled "Demonstrating How to Reduce Oil Consumption and Achieve Emission-Free Mobility as Connected, Automated Vehicle Travel Rises" at the TRB 2014 Automated Vehicle Symposium on July 16, 2014 in San Francisco.
John Niles presented a poster "Working Toward Financially Sustainable Public Transit by Reducing Vehicle Operating Costs" at the TRB Road Vehicle Automation Workshop, July 16, 2013 on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, CA
Opening remarks at Beyond Oil Conference from Event Chairman Steve Marshall
Access to specific presentations (slides on split screen) available via "Content on Demand" tab below viewing window in the conference video:
Electric Mobility Demonstration Project , conducted jointly with Institute for Environmental Research and Education.
Other from CATES
"Expanding Public Transit by Changing Its Definition" Comments of John Niles for the Puget Sound Regional Council General Assembly, April 25, 2013
Letter to Governor Jay Inslee: Steps for the Governor to Transform Transportation
Above is the cover of the university-level text book by CATES Executive Research Director John Niles and his colleague Bern Grush at Harmonize Mobility, Inc. Click on the picture to reach the order page at https://www.elsevier.com/books/the-end-of-driving/niles/978-0-12-815451-9. This book is well-deployed in the Puget Sound region, including University of Washington Library, Washington State DOT internal library, and Puget Sound Regional Council information center. Free chapter summaries at http://endofdriving.org
CATES -- Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions -- is a non-profit research & development organization based in Western Washington State. Our mantra is "Research, Educate, Integrate, and Accelerate." There are many diverse threads to integrate!
New Program of CATES: Assisting transportation organizations plan for practical, cost-effective implementation of battery-electric, vertical take-off and landing, regional urban air mobility services.
Autonomous Vehicle Project in SeaTac, Washington
City of SeaTac, Washington explored autonomous vehicle applications for community benefit with consulting assistance from CATES
Described in the June 2018 issue of Seattle Met magazine!
City of SeaTac engaged the Center for Advanced Transportation and Energy Solutions (CATES) in 2017-18 to conduct research on the viability of the City becoming a Center of Municipal Excellence in autonomous, driver-less vehicle deployment for cost-effective public benefit.
A primary recommendation of this technology application explored for short-term deployment potential is small, quiet, electric shuttles connecting light rail stations and transit centers with residential neighborhoods. Connections to community facilities such as recreation centers, schools, medical clinics could also be provided. Vehicles such as these have the potential to provide mobility that is safer, less expensive, and non-polluting compared to today's available alternatives.
CATES developed an Action Plan document that provides guidance to the City on whether and how to proceed on developing and implementing processes of learning, teaching, fundraising, and procurement of new technology applications for using high-tech autonomous vehicles to provide better mobility in the City of SeaTac.
Active engagement and collaboration was sought with citizen and business interests, neighboring jurisdictions, Port of Seattle, King County Metro, Sound Transit, non-governmental technology or mobility providers, and others like members of the ACES Northwest Network who step forward with an interest in this topic.
All of the work in this project is consistent with and supportive of the June 7, 2017 State of Washington Executive Order 17-02 on autonomous vehicle testing and technology.
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Earlier, CATES contributed to an integrated assessment (IA) of the automated, connected electric vehicle's contribution to transportation sustainability. This project was funded by the University of Michigan Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and carried out in partnership with the Connected Vehicle Proving Center at University of Michigan - Dearborn. The public kick-off for the event was September 7, 2012 at the Beyond Oil Conference at Seattle Center with video recordings made and posted on the left hand side of this page. The final IA report, "Automated, Connected, and Electric Vehicles: An Assessment of Emerging Transportation Technologies and a Policy Roadmap for More Sustainable Transportation" is available by clicking here.
As shown in the following chart depicting data from a sample of 6,000 households in the central Puget Sound region, the travel mode share in the Seattle-Tacoma metro area is dominated by motor vehicle use, so the importance of public and private policy to make cars be safer and generate lower emissions gives impetus to the focus of CATES:
We are consistent in all our work with existing approved plans on issues outside of our project scope such as land use pattern/density, non-motorized transportation modes, passenger railroad modes, water ferries, and aviation.
Video from Google describing its self-driving car:
Insights About Telematics (Daily electronic newsletter crowd-sourced from Twitter)
Daily computer-generated compilation of news stories "Noted by CATES" as crowd-sourced from Twitter.
The real-time status of road traffic and public transit (mostly running on roads) is available here: