Autonomous Vehicles

My doctoral research at the University of South Florida (USF) focused on understanding in-depth consumers’ opinions, attitudes, and intentions to adopt autonomous vehicles when they become available in the market. One of my earliest works showed the importance of going beyond socio-demographics in determining the factors that influence consumers’ decisions to adopt new technology. While socio-demographic influences are important, other aspects such as familiarity, perceptions, and attitudes regarding the technology are likely to play a much bigger role in extracting consumers’ propensity to adopt these emerging technologies.

Another study unearthed the presence of various market segments of autonomous vehicle consumers and investigated the influence of different triggers for the adoption (or non-adoption) of autonomous vehicles among these segments. It is also critical to understand the impact of these technologies on anticipated travel behavior if we are to address planning, and policy for a future with automated, connected, electric, and shared (ACES) transportation modes. My research on understanding the impact of shared autonomous vehicles on household vehicle ownership showed how the decision to relinquish a human-driven vehicle to partake in a sharing economy is vastly different based on current household vehicle ownership.

In addition to the above area, I am also currently involved in research investigating the role of autonomous vehicles (low-speed autonomous shuttles) in providing inclusive mobility solutions in urban, suburban, and rural environments. As innovative business models arise with an increasing focus on environmentally-friendly outcomes in policy and practice, my research has also investigated potential willingness-to-pay for shared autonomous vehicle modes that add insight into understanding their impacts on future travel.

THESES & DISSERTATION

Menon, N. (2015). Consumer perception and anticipated adoption of autonomous vehicle technology: Results from multi-population surveys. [link]

Menon, N. (2017). Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Consumers’ Perceptions, Intended Adoption, and Impacts on Household Vehicle Ownership. [link]

PEER-REVIEWED JOURNAL ARTICLES

Menon, N., Barbour, N., Zhang, Y., Pinjari, A., Mannering, F. (2019). Shared autonomous vehicles and their potential impacts on household vehicle ownership: An exploratory empirical assessment. International Journal of Sustainable Transportation, 13(2), 111-122

Barbour N., Menon, N., Zhang Y., Mannering, F. (2019). Shared automated vehicles: A statistical analysis of consumer use likelihoods and concerns. Transport Policy, 80, 86-93.

Menon, N., Zhang, Y., Pinjari, A., and Mannering, F. (2020). A statistical analysis of consumers’ perceptions towards automated vehicles and their intended adoption. Transportation Planning and Technology, 43(3), 253-278

WORKING PAPERS

Menon, N., Lin, P-S., Rangaswamy, R., Kourtellis, A., Chen, C., and Bertini, R.L. A Statistical Analysis of Public Perceptions and Opinions from a Low-Speed Automated Shuttle Demonstration. Target Journal: Transportation Letters

An empirical assessment of autonomous vehicle usage incorporating for latent effects. Working Paper

PEER-REVIEWED TECHNICAL REPORTS

Lin, P-S, Kourtellis, A., Menon, N., Chen, C., and Rangaswamy, R. (2020). Campus Automated Shuttle Service Deployment Initiative. Report prepared for National Center for Transit Research (NCTR) Livability PPPR #9, U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRODUCTS

Menon, N., Pinjari A.R., Zhang Y., and Zou L. (2016). Consumer Perception and Intended Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Findings from a University Population Survey. Presented at the 95th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC, January 2016.  [link] [.pdf1] [.pdf2]

Menon, N., Zhang, Y., Pinjari, A., and Mannering, F. (2019). A statistical analysis of consumers’ perceptions towards automated vehicles and their intended adoption. Presentation at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, Washington DC., January 2019 [.pdf]

OTHER CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Menon, N., Pinjari A.R., and Zhang Y. (2015). Consumers’ Perception, and Intended Adoption of Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Results from Multi-Population Surveys. Presented at the 9th UTC Conference on Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Washington DC, November 2015. [.pdf]

Menon, N., Barbour, N., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F. (2016). Understanding Consumer Trends in Vehicle Ownership with the Introduction of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs). Presentation at the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit 2016, Tampa, FL [.pdf]

Menon, N., Pinjari A.R., Zhang Y., Mannering F.L., Srinivasan S., and Jin X. (2016). Understanding Consumer Trends in Vehicle Ownership with the Introduction of Shared Autonomous Vehicles (SAVs): Findings from Multi-Population Surveys in Florida.” Presented at TRANSPO 2016, West Palm Beach, FL, November 2016.  [.pdf]

Menon, N., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F. (2017). Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Intended Adoption from Consumers’ Perceptions. Presentation at the Florida Automated Vehicle Summit 2017, Tampa, FL [.pdf]

Menon, N., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F. (2017). Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Intended Adoption from Consumers’ Perceptions. Presentation at the 5th Annual UTC Conference for the Southeastern Region 2017, Gainesville, FL [.ppt]

Menon, N., Pinjari, A.R., Zhang, Y., Mannering, F. (2018). Understanding the Influence of Consumers’ Perceptions towards Automated Vehicles on their Intended Adoption: A Cluster Analysis Approach. Presentation at the Automated Vehicle Symposium 2018, San Francisco, CA [.pdf]

INVITED TALKS

Menon, N. (2018), Autonomous Vehicles: An Empirical Assessment of Consumers’ Perceptions, Intended Adoption, and Impacts on Household Vehicle Ownership Center for Urban Transportation Research Transportation Webcast. University of South Florida, Tampa, FL [link] [.pdf]