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October 8, 2018

USDOT Releases Updated Guidance for Automated Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Transportation released Thursday new Federal guidance for automated vehicles, “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0” (AV 3.0.) The guidance builds upon, but does not replace, voluntary guidance given in “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety”.

AV 3.0 includes the results of stakeholder engagement and provides updated voluntary guidance and policy considerations for a variety of industry sectors, including state and local governments, infrastructure owners and operators, commercial motor carriers, bus transit, and manufacturers and technology developers.

“The safe integration of automated vehicle technology into our transportation system will increase productivity, facilitate freight movement and create new types of jobs,” Secretary Elaine L. Chao said.

AV 3.0 provides new multi-modal safety guidance, reduces policy uncertainty, clarifies roles, and outlines a process for working with USDOT as automated vehicle technologies evolve. It also announces and discusses multiple rulemakings and other actions occurring in the near future by the DOT’s administrations.

Specific updates in the new AV 3.0 guidance include:

The draft Guidance will be available for public review and comment in the Federal Register.

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