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NETT Council Activities

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is committed to facilitating transportation innovation while prioritizing safety. The following are the latest public engagements from the NETT Council. 

Hyperloop Standards Desk Review (Jan 2021)

The Hyperloop Standards Desk Review  serves as a starting point for policymakers, the industry, and the general public to understand better the areas where relevant hyperloop standards currently exist, areas where existing regulations or technical standards could be adapted or modified to address hyperloop-specific considerations, and areas where new voluntary technical standards or regulations may be needed. The Desk Review provides a summary of standards and regulations that have been identified through efforts by industry, researchers, governments, and standards developing organizations, and will be made available for public comment. 

This website will be updated once the Request for Comment posts to the Federal Register 

Cover of the Hyperloop Standards Desk Review

Advanced and Urban Aerial Mobility (AUAM) and Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) Working Groups Announced (Dec 2020)

Based on input received from innovators and stakeholders through public comments and direct engagement with the Department, the Department launched two new working groups under the NETT Council—one on Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) and the other on Advanced and Urban Aerial Mobility (AUAM). This is in addition to the tunneling and hyperloop working groups already operational. 

Whether its considered a new type of helicopter, an advanced drone that carries people, or even a flying car, AUAM technologies are developing quickly. While the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) continues to make progress on certifying AUAM technologies, the organizations involved in developing this technology are turning to the Department for further guidance. The AUAM working group will support the Department in exploring the regulatory and funding requirements, operational constraints, multimodal connections and partnerships needed to bring this technological advancement forward for public use.

In the area of mass transportation, PRT systems consist of high-speed, automated, pod vehicles on elevated tracks. PRT system innovators are working with the Department to understand similar issues related to regulatory and funding requirements, operational requirements, and partnerships to deploy the new transportation technology in local communities. The PRT working group will approach this technology with an approach similar to that used with hyperloop systems, and determine what authorities and regulatory requirements might apply.

Pathways to the Future of Transportation (July 2020)

Pathways to the Future of Transportation is intended to help readers understand the purposes of the Council and its methods of operation; the principles informing the

Department policies in transformative technologies; the overarching regulatory framework for non-traditional and emerging transportation technologies; how the NETT Council will engage with innovators and entrepreneurs to enhance the Nation’s transportation system; and the next steps of the NETT Council. 

USDOT invited the public to comment on the Pathways document through the Request for Comment published in the Federal Register. The comment period closed on 9/28/20.  

Cover of the Pathways Document

Request for Comment (Nov 2019)

To ensure that the Council is responsive to the needs of our public and private sector stakeholders, the Department sought public comment on how the NETT Council can better be positioned to support transportation innovation, and the extent to which the Department’s existing regulatory construct supports or hinders innovation. The Department published this Request for Comment in the Federal Register on November 26, 2019 for 45 days (1/10/20). 


Last updated: Friday, January 15, 2021