Community and Infrastructure Resilience

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RAND addresses many of the pressing challenges associated with community and infrastructure development. This includes planning for future transportation and mobility options, securing communities against a variety of natural and human threats, integrating technology into the built environment, evaluating infrastructure performance, and equity concerns arising from urbanization. Relatedly, this area of work explores the tradeoffs in developing infrastructure effectively and sustainably, and the challenges regarding which infrastructure investments to prioritize and how to pay for them.

  • Autonomous Vehicles and Federal Safety Standards

    Sep 18, 2017

    Changes being considered to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) exemption process are not suited to autonomous vehicles because traditional methods of evaluating vehicle safety generally don't apply. An alternative approach could see AVs introduced gradually as the vehicles meet incremental benchmarks.

  • Evaluation of the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program

    Sep 6, 2017

    A process and outcome evaluation of the California Energy Commission's (CEC's) Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP), relying on quantitative and qualitative methods.

  • A Framework for Estimating The Benefits of Resilience Projects

    Aug 1, 2017

    Policymakers, program practitioners, and investors who want to achieve the greatest possible benefits from resilience projects lack effective tools to estimate the net benefits of those projects. Existing approaches often do not provide a sufficient framework for estimating the benefits that might accrue, especially if a shock or stress does not occur.

  • How to Realize Autonomous Vehicle Safety and Mobility Benefits

    May 18, 2017

    Self-driving vehicles could improve public safety. They could also improve mobility for older Americans, people with disabilities, and others. How can policymakers help ensure that these benefits are realized?

  • How Affordable is Flood Insurance in New York City?

    Mar 23, 2017

    Flood insurance is an important part of community resilience, but coverage in New York City is inconsistent, and difficult for many families to afford. However, there are promising financial assistance options.

  • Realizing Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Feb 14, 2017

    Autonomous vehicles hold enormous promise for transportation safety. But feasible, sound methods of testing need to be developed. In the meantime, policymakers should work to foster the development of self-driving vehicles while lowering their risks.

  • An Agenda to Advance Integrative Resilience Research and Practice

    Feb 6, 2017

    The science of resilience has advanced greatly, but there is increasing recognition of the need for researchers and practitioners from different disciplines and sectors to work better together.

  • Don't Rely on Test-Driving Alone to Assess Autonomous Vehicle Safety

    Jan 9, 2017

    Americans drive three trillion miles a year, causing one death every 100 million miles. To prove that autonomous vehicles are safer than humans, they would have to be test-driven astronomical distances. Regulators should pursue other ways of reducing uncertainty about AV safety.