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Department of Transportation issues voluntary guidelines for automated vehicles

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On October 4th, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao hosted a special event to introduce Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) is taking active steps to prepare for the future by engaging with new technologies to ensure safety without hampering innovation. With the release of Automated Driving Systems 2.0: a Vision for Safety in September 2017, DOT provided voluntary guidance to industry, as well as technical assistance and best practices to the states, on a path forward for the integration of automated driving systems. DOT also bolstered its engagement with the automotive industry, technology companies, and other key transportation stakeholders and innovators to continue to develop a framework that facilitates the safe integration of this technology into our transportation systems.

In March 2018, Secretary Chao hosted the Automated Vehicle Summit to present the Department’s six automation principles and discuss automation issues with the public and private sector transportation stakeholders across every mode. The six principles state that DOT will prioritize safety, remain technology neutral, modernize regulations, encourage a consistent regulatory and operational environment, prepare proactively for automation, and protect and enhance the freedoms enjoyed by Americans.  

Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 is the next step in what DOT lauds as the development of a flexible, responsible approach to a framework for multimodal automation. Automation has the potential to improve our quality of life and enhance the mobility and independence of millions Americans especially older Americans and people with disabilities. PVA is working with stakeholders to ensure that automated vehicles are accessible to and usable by people with disabilities.

 

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