Cooperative automated transportation

Cooperative automated transportation (CAT), including autonomous and connected vehicles, is an evolving field within transportation. 

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Strategy description

Cooperative automated transportation (CAT), including autonomous and connected vehicles, is an evolving field within transportation. Visit the WSDOT CAT website for more information on their program.

Benefits of Cooperative Automated Transportation

Cooperative Automated Transportation, also called autonomous and connected vehicles, has several anticipated benefits, including:

Safety

  • CAT technology has the potential to reduce the more than 90 percent of crashes caused by human error.

Mobility & equity

  • Increasing mobility for all, including those who cannot drive, improves independence and quality of life.

Sustainability & environment

  • Vehicles communicating with each other and traffic systems can help reduce congestion, crashes and idling, providing more efficient travel and reducing emissions.
  • This is good for the environment and makes transportation systems more environmentally sustainable.

Efficient travel

  • Technology can make our existing infrastructure and transportation systems more efficient – increasing the number of people who can travel on an existing roadway, which helps ease congestion.