At the forefront of issuing federal guidelines for highway automation is the United States Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT), which recently made a request for public commentary on the future of U.S. road surface transportation systems. U.S. DOT issued a second document, “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0)”, related to advancements in U.S. transportation, based on input from several stakeholders. The document focuses on three areas; advancing multimodal safety, defining a process to work with the U.S. DOT, and mitigating policy uncertainty.
While the U.S. DOT has emerged as one of the leaders in the policymaking and national conversation related to reaching full highway automation, state departments of transportation (DOTs) have been active in preparing local highways and roads to support CAV technology.