UT Austin engineering student Dan Fagnant selected to author the 2013 Annual William P. Eno Research Paper

UT Austin engineering student Dan Fagnant has been selected to author the Annual William P. Eno Research Paper for the Eno Center for Transportation. The paper, to be co-authored with UT engineering professor Dr. Kara Kockelman, will be on the subject of autonomous vehicles. The paper will be published in the winter of 2013 and presented in the summer of 2013 in Washington, D.C.

The paper abstract, titled “Implications, Barriers and Policy Recommendations for Autonomous Vehicles,” was submitted to the William P. Eno Research Paper competition and was chosen from among abstracts submitted by 2012 Eno Fellows.

Autonomous vehicle technology, where vehicles use radar, GPS, computer vision, and other technologies combined with control systems to identify appropriate navigation paths and avoid obstacles, have the potential to navigate a vehicle on its own. (see Wiki)

One possible aspect of autonomous vehicles could be an increase in car sharing, ride sharing and “dynamic car pooling,” according to Dan Fagnant’s abstract.

AVs [autonomous vehicles] offer great promise for reducing crashes, congestion, emissions, fuel use and infrastructure needs, while changing the way in which we interface with transportation. By understanding the ways in which AVs will impact traffic operations, incorporating these methods into current planning processes, and by directly addressing barriers through financial incentives and national regulatory and liability reform, the United States can emerge as the leader in AV technology and reap the benefits of safe, efficient and improved travel. – from the abstract.


William Phelps Eno (1858-1945) was an internationally recognized pioneer in traffic control and regulation. Dubbed the “Father of Traffic Safety,” Mr. Eno developed the first traffic plans for major cities including New York, London, and Paris, and is credited with helping to invent and popularize stop signs, taxi stands, pedestrian safety islands, and other traffic features commonly used throughout the world.

The Eno Leadership Development Conference brings a select group of the top graduate students in transportation and related disciplines to the Nation’s Capital for an introduction to how transportation policy and programs are formed. During their week in Washington, D.C., the “Eno Fellows” meet with leaders from key transportation constituencies, including the U.S. Department of Transportation and its modal administrations, congressional committees, industry associations, and numerous advocacy groups.

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