Milton Keynes is a new city conceived in the 1960s and built over the past 50 years to become the most successful UK new town with a population of 265,000. The city could grow to up to 400,000 over the next 30 years. The city, based on a US style grid network is supported by high quality roads, generous parking provision in the city centre and complementary segregated cycle and pedestrian networks. Milton Keynes is a centre for the demonstration of new transport technologies with several live trials of autonomous vehicles, C-ITS and vehicle electrification currently underway.
CoEXist use cases in Milton Keynes
To understand the impact on existing and future infrastructure by creating waiting & drop off areas for AVs. The assumption is that AVs will require facilities to drop off / collect users at the roadside and or at origins/ destinations. How the vehicles behave is critical (dwell time, approach speeds, reliability of pick-up/human interface). Self (valet) parking requirements & off-site storage of vehicles is also considered, and how this can affect car parking management and future demand (how many spaces and where).
Impact of AV deliveries and freight movements
The modelling looks at how this impacts on city operation, what are the infrastructure requirements, or those for loading/unloading. With the growth of light freight deliveries, the impact of current operation on traffic is growing; currently the biggest impact on bus reliability is delivery vehicle blocking bus routes, therefore it will be important to show how the logistic industry can develop autonomous deliveries that connect to other road users to ensure negative impacts on network operation are removed as much as possible. Freight only lanes (or shared with PT, with connected timetabling) is within the scope of this use case.