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.

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

Request for Information on Integration of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) into the Highway Transportation System

  • 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.

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 Vehicles

  • 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.


USDOT guiding principles on data exchanges to accelerate safe deployment of automated vehicles

  • To help bring government and industry stakeholders together for meaningful conversations around Automated Vehicles related data exchanges, USDOT developed the following draft Guiding Principles on Data Exchanges to Accelerate Safe Deployment of Automated Vehicles.

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

Updated: Thursday, January 11, 2018