Rapid advancements in technology are transforming transportation:
- Connected vehicles “talk” to each other and roadway infrastructure to communicate safety messages;
- Automated vehicle technology partially or completely eliminates the need for a driver;
- Millions of electric vehicles now on the road urgently need battery charging infrastructure;
- A boom in shared transportation and mobility-on-demand technology has inspired new perspectives on solving urban transport problems.
Notwithstanding a few somewhat independent ACES-related initiatives, Wisconsin has been slow to fully embrace, advance and plan for these transformative transportation technologies. If progress continues to be slow or no action is taken to anticipate and foster these emerging mobility technologies, Wisconsin will miss a critical opportunity to leverage ACES advancements for the benefit of citizens and businesses. Impacts resulting from failure to take action are potentially significant, far-reaching, and could include loss of business and economic development opportunities, displacement of workers, jeopardize safety, increase congestion, increase equity disparities and degrade the overall quality of life.