AV 4.0 initiative announced by US Transportation Secretary in keynote at CES 2020
08 January 2020
The White House & US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has released ‘Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0’ (AV 4.0). The initiative was announced by US Transportation Secretary, Elaine L Chao in a keynote speech at CES 2020 in Las Vegas.
AV 4.0 unifies efforts in automated vehicles across 38 Federal departments, independent agencies, commissions and Executive Offices of The President, providing high-level guidance to state and local governments, innovators and all stakeholders on the US government’s approach towards AVs.
“AV 4.0 will ensure American leadership in AV technology development and integration by providing unified guidance for the first time across the Federal government for innovators and stakeholders,” said US Transportation Secretary, Elaine L Chao.
AV 4.0 establishes federal principles for the development and integration of automated vehicles, consisting of three core focus areas:
1. Protect users & communities
• Prioritize safety
• Emphasize security & cybersecurity
• Ensure privacy & data security
• Enhance mobility & accessibility
2. Promote innovation & efficient markets
• Remaining Technology Neutral.
• Protecting American innovation & creativity by protecting IP
• Modernizing regulations
3. Facilitate coordinated efforts by ensuring a consistent regulatory approach
• Promote consistent standards & policies
• Ensure a consistent Federal approach
• Improve transportation system-level effects
It also outlines ongoing Administration efforts supporting AV technology growth and leadership, as well as opportunities for collaboration including federal investments in the AV sector and resources for innovators, researchers and the public.
“AV 4.0 brings all of the important work happening on automated vehicle technologies across the federal government under one unified approach. The federal principles released today help foster an environment for innovators to advance safe AV technologies and put the US in a position of continued leadership in the future of transportation,” said US Chief Technology Officer, Michael Kratsios.
The USDOT is actively preparing for emerging technologies by engaging with new technologies to address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation. With the release of Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety (ADS 2.0) in September 2017, the USDOT provided voluntary guidance to industry, as well as technical assistance and best practices to states, offering a path forward for the safe testing and integration of Automated Driving Systems. In October 2018, Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0) introduced guiding principles for AV innovation for all surface transportation modes and described the USDOT’s strategy to address existing barriers to potential safety benefits and progress.
AV 4.0 builds on these efforts by presenting a unifying posture to inform collaborative efforts in automated vehicles for all stakeholders and outlines past and current Federal Government efforts to ensure the United States leads the world in AV technology development and integration while prioritizing safety, security and privacy, and safeguarding the freedoms enjoyed by Americans.
AV 4.0 will be published in the Federal Register for public review and comment. More information on the USDOT’s work on automated vehicles can be found at www.transportation.gov/av/4
Gary Shapiro, president & CEO of CES organisers, the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) commented on US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L Chao’s announcement of AV 4.0 at CES 2020: “CES is the showplace for vehicle tech innovation, and we’re thrilled Secretary Chao announced AV 4.0 on our keynote stage. Self-driving technology is the future of mobility – making our roads safer and improving mobility for seniors and the disabled.
“Our industry must continue to work with government to ensure the success and adoption of self-driving vehicles. The partnership between the White House and US Department of Transportation is proof government is prioritising the adoption of self-driving technology. We look forward to our continued work together on policies that enable this technology to thrive.”
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