Modeling the Energy Use of a Connected and Automated Transportation System (Poster)

Jeffrey Gonder, Austin Brown

Research output: NRELPoster


Early research points to large potential impacts of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on transportation energy use - dramatic savings, increased use, or anything in between. Due to a lack of suitable data and integrated modeling tools to explore these complex future systems, analyses to date have relied on simple combinations of isolated effects. This poster proposes a framework formodeling the potential energy implications from increasing penetration of CAV technologies and for assessing technology and policy options to steer them toward favorable energy outcomes. Current CAV modeling challenges include estimating behavior change, understanding potential vehicle-to-vehicle interactions, and assessing traffic flow and vehicle use under different automation scenarios. Tobridge these gaps and develop a picture of potential future automated systems, NREL is integrating existing modeling capabilities with additional tools and data inputs to create a more fully integrated CAV assessment toolkit.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NamePresented at the 2014 Automated Vehicles Symposium, 15-17 July 2014, Burlingame, California

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/PO-5400-62454


  • CAV modeling
  • CAVS
  • connected and automated vehicles
  • drive analysis tool
  • FASTSim
  • Fleet DNA
  • integrated modeling tools
  • transportation energy use
  • Transportation Secure Data Center


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