The Department of Transportation released this report to promote improvements in safety, mobility, and efficiency through Automated Driving Systems (ADSs). This report replaces the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next Revolution In Roadway Safety released in 2016. This updated policy framework offers a path forward for the safe deployment of automated vehicles by:
- Encouraging new entrants and ideas that deliver safer vehicles;
- Making Department regulatory processes more nimble to help match the pace of private sector innovation; and
- Supporting industry innovation and encouraging open communication with the public and with stakeholders.
Thanks to a convergence of technological advances, the promise of safer automated driving systems is closer to becoming a reality. From reducing crash-related deaths and injuries, to improving access to transportation, to reducing traffic congestion and vehicle emissions, automated vehicles hold significant potential to increase productivity and improve the quality of life for millions of people. This publication seeks to facilitate the integration of ADS technology by helping to ensure its safe testing and deployment, as well as encouraging the development of systems that guard against cyber-attacks and protect consumer privacy.
DOT's goal is to be good stewards of the future by helping to usher in this new era of transportation innovation and safety, and ensuring that our country remains a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology.