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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.

Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy

  • 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)

  • Request for Information on Integration of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) into the Highway Transportation System - Docket comment period closed on March 5, 2018
    • To better understand what is needed to accommodate ADS technologies, and maximizing their potential benefits, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks the public's input through a formal RFI to supplement strategy development.  Advancing the next generation of America's transportation network can only happen with input from an array of informed sources, including stakeholders, industry experts and the public at large.
  • National Dialogue on Highway Automation
    • This National Dialogue on Highway Automation represents a series of meetings held across the country to facilitate information sharing, identify key issues and prepare the infrastructure and the broader transportation community to safely and efficiently integrate automated vehicles into the road network. Input received during the National Dialogue will help inform national research, policy, and programs and will aid in the development of a national transportation community for automation.

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)

  • Request for Information on Automation in the Railroad IndustryDocket comment period closed on May 7, 2018
    • FRA requests information and comment on the future of automation in the railroad industry. FRA is interested in hearing from industry stakeholders, the public, local and State governments, and any other interested parties on the potential benefits, costs, risks, and challenges to implementing automated railroad operations. FRA also seeks comment on how the agency can best support the railroad industry's development and implementation of new and emerging technologies in automation that could lead to safety improvements or increased efficiencies in railroad operations.
  • Broad Agency Announcement for Research Initiatives in Support of Rail Safety - Response Date: May 24, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern
    • The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to solicit a variety of basic and applied technology research projects that will support the strategic objectives of the Office of Research, Development and Technology and the research needs of the four Federal Railroad Administration research divisions.
  • Broad Agency Announcement for Intelligent Railroad System Research - Response Date: July 27, 2018 at 1:00pm Eastern
    • The purpose of this Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is to solicit basic and applied technology research projects that will support Department of Transportation and Federal Railroad Administration goals to advance automation in the rail industry.

Federal Transit Administration (FTA)

  • Request for Comments on Automated Transit Buses Research Program - Docket comment period closed on March 2, 2018
    • 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 - Docket comment period closed on March 2, 2018
    • 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)

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)

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)
Updated: Friday, May 18, 2018
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