USDOT Automated Vehicles Activities

The U.S. Department of Transportation is partnering with a broad coalition including industry, academia, states and local governments, safety advocates, and transportation stakeholders to encourage the safe development, testing and deployment of automated vehicle technology.  The Department of Transportation is committed to facilitating a new era of transportation innovation and safety, and ensuring that our country remains a leader in automated vehicle technology. The Department seeks to support the technology and transportation industry, state and local governments, and other key stakeholders as they consider and design best practices relative to the testing and deployment of automated vehicle technologies.

On this webpage, the Department seeks to bring together various activities related to Automated Vehicles currently underway.  The intent of this site is to provide our stakeholders and the general public with a central location to easily view specific Automated Vehicles topics currently being advanced by the DOT Operating Administrations at a holistic level. This section will provide readers with a clear snapshot of past and upcoming events and activities related to automated vehicles sponsored by the Department.

Automated Vehicle 3.0 Public Meeting

  • AV Summit, March 1, 2018
    • The U.S. DOT is announcing a Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicles Policy to seek input on Automated Vehicles 3.0.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • Request for Comments on Automated Transit Buses Research Program
    • This RFC will obtain transit industry comment regarding the current and near-future status of automated transit buses and related technologies. Comments received will assist FTA in developing future Notices of Funding Opportunity’s (NOFO) for transit bus automation demonstrations with respect to the industry’s ability and interest. Concepts for the NOFOs on demonstrations and evaluations of transit bus automation usage will be defined in FTA’s Strategic Transit Automation Research (STAR) plan. A premise of the STAR plan is to leverage and apply commercially available technology and products to the public transit industry to hasten early demonstrable outcomes.
  • Request for Comments on Removing Barriers to Transit Bus Automation
    • This RFC will obtain transit industry comment regarding current or potential institutional, regulatory, or other policy barriers to the development, demonstration, deployment, and evaluation of automated transit buses and related technologies. Some Federal policy issues are addressed in the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0.  Information from the second RFC will help inform FTA’s approach to the planned update of this document, which may include additional multi-modal considerations. Information from the RFC will also provide critical feedback on potential modifications of FTA rules, regulations, and agency guidance.

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

  • Request for Comments on Removing Regulatory Barriers for Automated Driving Systems
    • The National Highway Traffic-Safety Administration (NHTSA) seeks comments to identify any unnecessary regulatory barriers to Automated Safety Technologies, and for the testing and compliance certification of motor vehicles with unconventional automated vehicles designs, particularly those that are not equipped with controls for a human driver. Further, NHTSA seeks comments on the research that would be required to remove such regulatory barriers.
      • Public Meeting on Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles with Automated Driving Systems, March 6, 2018
        • NHTSA is announcing a public meeting as part of the Agency’s effort to seek public comments to identify any regulatory barriers in the existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) to the testing, compliance certification, and compliance verification of vehicles with Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) and certain unconventional interior designs.

Data for Automated Vehicle Safety

  • Within and across all modes of transportation, data exchanges will be key to accelerating the safe deployment of Automated Vehicles in the United States. This includes mutually-beneficial exchange of data between private sector entities, with infrastructure operators, and policy-makers at different levels of government. As part of planning for 3.0, U.S. DOT is working with stakeholders to understand critical use cases for data exchange and the appropriate federal role to enable such exchanges while protecting privacy and proprietary interests.
    • U.S. DOT drafted Guiding Principles on Voluntary Data Exchanges to Accelerate Safe Deployment of Automated Vehicles to help bring government and industry stakeholders together for meaningful conversations around automated vehicle-related data exchanges.
    • U.S. DOT hosted a Roundtable on Data for Automated Vehicle Safety in December 2017 to discuss potential priorities for voluntary data exchange to accelerate safe deployment of automated vehicles. (Summary Report)

The Department intends to publish additional automated vehicle notices for public comments in the coming weeks, to be posted to this webpage. 

Updated: Friday, February 23, 2018
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