On Oct. 3, the U.S. Department of Transportation released its most significant 2018 guidance on the design, testing and deployment of driverless vehicles: “Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0” (commonly referred to as “AV 3.0”). A key focus throughout AV 3.0 is the removal of unnecessary barriers to the innovation of AV technologies that have the potential to vastly enhance security and increase mobility.
AV 3.0 “builds upon — but does not replace” the DOT’s last major policy statement on AVs, “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety,” which was released on Sept. 12, 2017. AV 3.0 expands the applicability of the DOT’s AV guidance to include not only passenger vehicles but also commercial vehicles, on-road transit and the roadways on which they operate.
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