U.S. automated vehicle testing program expands to 52 participants


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

Participants in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s AV TEST program use an online tracking tool to provide data on road tests and the safety performance of automated driving systems in cities across the country. AV TEST refers to the transparency and automated engagement of vehicles for safe testing.

The information provided by AV TEST is intended to inform the public of the progress and safety implications of automated vehicles participating in the program. The portal is available on the NHTSA website and will be updated as new information is submitted.

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

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

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.

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The 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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