The CASSI project reflects the N.C. Department of Transportation’s commitment to improve transportation and meet future needs through new and innovative transportation technologies.
The project will help NCDOT and its partners learn more about how this technology can be safely and effectively used in the future. It will also help familiarize people with new transportation technologies and encourage the use of environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
Through CASSI, North Carolina communities, residents, various partners and the NCDOT can test autonomous shuttles as a transit option for first and last-mile and for underserved populations. The project will also allow NCDOT to test connected technology at traffic signals and other infrastructure while learning about infrastructure improvements necessary to prepare for autonomous driving.
Data will be collected during the project’s operation at Wright Brothers National Memorial and other deployments. NCDOT will use the data to better understand how autonomous vehicles perform in different settings.
NCDOT will also examine numerous aspects of this technology, including:
- How autonomous vehicles interact with physical infrastructure
- How other road users interact with autonomous vehicles
- Safety and security
- Customer satisfaction/technology reception
- Workforce impacts
- Mobility options
- Environmental impacts