The White House and DOT Release AV 4.0

On January 8. 2020, the White House and the US Department of Transportation (“DOT”) released new guidance, Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies 4.0 (“AV 4.0”), reaffirming the US government’s commitment to lead the world in automated vehicle (“AV”) technology advancement while prioritizing safety, cybersecurity, data privacy and technological neutrality. AV 4.0 focuses on (i) protecting users and communities, (ii) promoting efficient markets and (iii) facilitating coordinated efforts.

Unlike prior AV guidance, AV 4.0 was issued by both the White House and DOT, reflecting a determination that the development of AV policies is now a government-wide endeavor, being coordinated by the White House National Science & Technology Council. In support of such determination, AV 4.0 adds a focus on the need for coordinated efforts given the breadth of AV-related activities across numerous governmental agencies, including research advancing AV technologies, efforts to enhance and enforce security and privacy, and research and collaboration to address spectrum and connectivity issues.

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