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Iowa DOT sees many automated cars in I-80's future

Much of Interstate 80 in Eastern Iowa, including this stretch seen Wednesday between Davenport and Walcott, is already close to capacity. A recent study on automated traffic on the interstate envisions the road eventually becoming six lanes. (John Schultz/Quad-City Times)

By 2040, at least a fifth of the traffic on Interstate 80 in Iowa will be highly automated, a new Iowa Department of Transportation study predicts, and planners need to take into account the changes when preparing for the future.

The study, which is part of a larger Iowa DOT analysis aimed at positioning rural parts of I-80 for the future, says the higher levels of automation would mean increased capacity and fewer accidents.

Dan, McGehee, director of the National Advanced Driving Simulator and the PPC's Transportation and Vehicle Safety Policy Research Program, talked with The Quad City Times about the future of automated vehicles and I-80. Read the full story here