USDOT Unveils Ambitious Multimodal Automation Initiative, Automated Vehicles 3.0

As ETW first reported last year, 3.0 will move USDOT’s role beyond simply overseeing the safe development of AVs to assisting with the actual implementation of automation technologies across all modes of surface transportation – passenger vehicles, trucks, buses, rail, and maritime.

At USDOT’s AV Summit on March 1, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao touted the benefits of automation highlighting the potential for AVs to reduce the 94 percent of traffic collisions caused by human error, increase efficient use of roadways, and expand access to transportation for the elderly and people with disabilities. “It’s an exciting time for the future of our nation’s transportation,” she said.

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