Innovation in the Roadway Safety Industry

Find recent updates on the latest innovationsways ATSSA members can get their innovative products to market and provide a resource for qualified products listings throughout the country, and news and resources. More information about how guardrail and barriers, high friction surface treatment, pavement marking, signs, and temporary traffic control relate to highway automation and CAVs is coming soon. Be sure to check back for updates.


Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)

For traffic safety, vehicle-to-everything communications is the wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles and anything else. The "X" could be roadway infrastructure, other vehicles, roadway workers or other safety and communication devices. ATSSA members are at the forefront of these technologies, and are working with stakeholders across new industries to see these innovations come to life. For more information about ATSSA’s efforts on CAV’s and their interaction with our member products check out the resources below.


Work Zone Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS)

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) is the use of a broad range of communications-based information and electronics to enhance transportation. Work Zone ITS is the use of ITS to enhance transportation and improve safety and mobility in and around work zones.


About the Innovation Council

The Innovation Council (member login required) is ATSSA’s go-to group for all things new and techie related to roadway safety. Subcommittees focus on specific areas including use of ITS in work zones, autonomous and connected vehicles, and the Circle of Innovation which seeks solutions to current agency safety needs.

Resources

RFI - Automated Driving Systems

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The document below is ATSSA’s response to FHWA’s request for information (RFI) concerning “Automated Driving Systems.” There were 10 questions posed by FHWA regarding infrastructure needs for advanced driving systems. ATSSA’s response focuses on pertinent safety issues, and the important issues surrounding machine vision and infrastructure.

RFC - Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested comments on “Removing regulatory barriers for vehicles with automated driving systems”. This request for comment (RFC) focused on the interior design of automated vehicles including the driver seating position. The document below outlines ATSSA’s response to the RFC, and highlights the lead time needed for a human to regain control of the vehicle, and stressed the importance this has on the safety of our roadway workers.

ATSSA Response to Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) requested comments on “Removing regulatory barriers for vehicles with automated driving systems”. This request for comment (RFC) focused on the interior design of automated vehicles including the driver seating position. The document below outlines ATSSA’s response to the RFC, and highlights the lead time needed for a human to regain control of the vehicle, and stressed the importance this has on the safety of our roadway workers.

Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety 2.0 (ADS 2.0)

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The world is facing an unprecedented emergence of automation technologies. In the transportation sector, where 9 out of 10 serious roadway crashes occur due to human behavior, automated vehicle technologies possess the potential to save thousands of lives, as well as reduce congestion, enhance mobility, and improve productivity. The Federal Government wants to ensure it does not impede progress with unnecessary or unintended barriers to innovation. Safety remains the number one priority for the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and is the specific focus of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). This document expands the scope of autonomous driving to provide a framework and multimodal approach to the safe integration of AVs into the Nation’s broader surface transportation system.

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