U.S. Automated Vehicles Testing Program Expands to 52 Participants

January 13, 2021

The federal government’s program working with states and developers of automated vehicles has grown from a pilot operation to one with 52 participants.

Participants in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s AV TEST program use an online tracking tool to provide data on the on-road testing and safety performance of automated driving systems in cities across the country. AV TEST refers to the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing.

The information provided through AV TEST is intended to inform the public of the advancement and safety implications regarding the automated vehicles that participate in the program. The portal is available on NHTSA’s website and will be updated as new information is submitted.

“NHTSA’s open and direct relationships with automated technology developers, states and other stakeholders are instrumental to ensuring that these technologies help save lives and prevent injuries on American roadways,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens said. at a recent briefing. “AV TEST will help participants and the public understand the capabilities and limitations of these technologies, to share best practices, and to promote healthy competition for safer practices and information sharing that the public can review and compare.”

Previously, nine states and nine companies participated in the AV TEST pilot initiative that was launched in June 2020. Under the expansion, 52 companies, governments, and associations are now participating.

The states now include Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Companies and organizations involved are Uber, Beep, NAVYA, Toyota, Nuro, Waymo, GM/Cruise, LM Industries, FCA US, Robotic Research, Kodiak Robotics, TuSimple, Embark Trucks, STEER Tech, Yandex, Lyft, Motional AD, Argo AI, Aurora Innovation, Valeo North America and

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