Automated vehicles and driver jobs

The U.S. Department of Transportation is making a statement on automated vehicles, their progress, and the impact on driver jobs.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao discussed the Department’s progress in advancing the release of Federal Automated Vehicle Policy (FAVP) 3.0, also known as A Vision for Safety 3.0,  during her remarks at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Autonomous vehicle technologies will have a tremendous impact on society in terms of safety, mobility, and security,” Secretary Chao said.

FAVP 3.0 will emphasize a unified, intermodal approach to automated driving systems (ADSs) policy. It will enable the safe integration of surface automated transportation systems, including cars, trucks, light rail, infrastructure, and port operations.

“Policy makers need to preserve the creativity and innovation that is part of the American tradition and allow innovation to flourish,” Secretary Chao added.

As part of its efforts, the Department today published several automated vehicle notices for public comment on the DOT Website and submitted them to the Federal Register. The Department is seeking public input from across the transportation industry to identify barriers to innovation and shape initiatives.

The published notices include:

·       Federal Highway Administration (FHWA):

o      Request for Information (RFI) on Integration of ADS into the Highway Transportation System: To better understand what is needed to accommodate ADS technologies, and maximize their potential benefits, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks the public’s input through a formal RFI to supplement strategy development. Advancing the next generation of America’s transportation network can only happen with input from an array of informed sources, including stakeholders, industry experts and the public at large.