Research Field: Operations
Electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles (including robotaxis) are expected to contribute an increasing share of landside activity at airports. The transition will likely impact all components of an airport's landside facilities, including roadways, curbs, parking, and ground transportation centers. Airports must consider these trends in their facility planning, yet little is known about the degree to which these new technologies will advance and the pace at which this growth will occur. In addition, the facility impacts of these emerging technologies are yet to be defind: Will AVs require more or less curb space? Will dwell times be higher or lower? Should AV activity be segregated from traditional activity? Will airports see significant shifts in mode shares that result in overused and/or underused facilities? What revenue impacts and opportunities might be anticipated?
The objective of this research is to provide guidance and tools to help airports incorporate emerging ground access technologies into their landside facilities, including roadways, curbs, parking, and ground transportation centers.