Automated vehicles 3.0

Preparing for the future of transportation

With the development of automated vehicles, creativity and innovation hold the potential to once again transform mobility.

  1. We will prioritize safety.
    • Automation offers the potential to improve safety for vehicle operators and occupants, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and other travelers sharing the road. However, these technologies may also introduce new safety risks. will lead efforts to address potential safety risks and advance the life-saving potential of automation, which will strengthen public confidence in these emerging technologies.
  2. We will remain technology-neutral
    • To respond to the dynamic and rapid development of automated vehicles, the Department will adopt flexible, technology-neutral policies that promote competition and innovation as a means to achieve safety, mobility, and economic goals. This approach will allow the public—not the Federal Government—to choose the most effective transportation and mobility solutions.
  3. We will modernize regulations
    • will modernize or eliminate outdated regulations that unnecessarily impede the development of automated vehicles or that do not address critical safety needs. Whenever possible, the Department will support the development of voluntary, consensus-based technical standards and approaches that are flexible and adaptable over time. When regulation is needed, it will seek rules that are as nonprescriptive and performance-based as possible. As a starting point and going forward, we will interpret and, consistent with all applicable notice and comment requirements, adapt the definitions of “driver” and “operator” to recognize that such terms do not refer exclusively to a human, but may, in fact, include an automated system.
  4. We will encourage a consistent regulatory and operational environment
    • Conflicting State and local laws and regulations surrounding automated vehicles create confusion, introduce barriers, and present compliance challenges. we will promote regulatory consistency so that automated vehicles can operate seamlessly across the Nation. we will build consensus among State and local transportation agencies and industry stakeholders on technical standards and advance policies to support the integration of automated vehicles throughout the transportation system.
  5. We will prepare proactively for automation
    • will provide guidance, best practices, pilot programs, and other assistance to help our partners plan and make the investments needed for a dynamic and flexible automated future. The Department also will prepare for complementary technologies that enhance the benefits of automation, such as communications between vehicles and the surrounding environment, but will not assume universal implementation of any particular approach.
  6. We will protect and enhance the freedoms enjoyed by Australians
    • embraces the freedom of the open road, which includes the freedom for Australians to drive their own vehicles. We envision an environment in which automated vehicles operate alongside conventional, manually-driven vehicles and other road users. We will protect the ability of consumers to make the mobility choices that best suit their needs. We will support automation technologies that enhance individual freedom by expanding access to safe and independent mobility to people with disabilities and older Australians.

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