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Policy-makers and planners must balance the benefits of operating freight automated vehicles (FAVs) with the additional burden they could place on state agencies and local jurisdictions.

NCHRP Research Report 1028: State and Local Impacts of Automated Freight Transportation Systems, from TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program, details the impact of FAVs on state and local agencies and authorities.

While the benefits of FAV operation are recognized, it is unclear how state and local agencies can integrate FAVs safely and effectively into public infrastructure. The report focuses on the modes of transportation that will be affected by FAVs, including trucks, drones, ships, and railways, as well as the possible interaction with terminal operations and other shipping and receiving systems.

Supplemental to the report is Appendix E.


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