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Federal Automated Vehicle Policy

Release Date: September 20, 2016

The United States (U.S.) Department of Transportation (DOT) has released the first Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (Policy). The primary focus of the Policy is on highly automated vehicles (HAVs), or those in which the vehicle can take full control of the driving task in at least some circumstances. Portions of the Policy also apply to lower levels of automation, including some of the driver-assistance systems already being deployed by automakers.

The Policy sets out a proactive safety approach intended to bring life-saving technologies to the roads safely, while providing innovators the space they need to develop new solutions. The Policy is rooted in DOT’s view that automated vehicles hold enormous potential benefits for safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Components of the Policy

Most of the Policy is effective on September 20, 2016. However, certain elements involving data and information collection will only be effective upon the completion of a federal Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) review and approval.

The policy outlines a series of next steps that the agency will take to solicit additional public input and to implement the components. The next steps include public workshops, stakeholder engagement, expert review, work plans to implement Policy components, possible rulemakings, and education efforts.

The Policy can be accessed at https://www.transportation.gov/sites/dot.gov/files/docs/AV%20policy%20guidance%20PDF.pdf.

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