U.S. Department of Transportation Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy

U.S. Department of Transportation Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) brought together hundreds of transportation stakeholders for its Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy on March 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Experts in industry, government, labor, and advocacy, as well as members of the general public, provided valuable insights on how DOT can help safely integrate automated vehicles (AVs) into the Nation’s transportation system. This report summarizes the roundtable discussions and the views that panelists provided during the public session.

Key findings

Feedback from roundtables focused on Public Safety and First Responders include: Use data to improve emergency response, Ensure AVs can adapt to uncommon events, Create ways for safety officials to interact with and control AVs.

Feedback from roundtables focused on Disability and Accessibility Concerns include: Provide clear guidance on accessibility requirements for AV technology, Be aware that different disabilities require different accommodations, Standardize auxiliary aides for more uniform adoption, Update the 2002 Transportation Availability and Use Survey.

Feedback from roundtables focused on Consumer and Public Education include: Use language that everyone can understand, Tout the potential benefits of AVs to gain buy-in, Develop different outreach strategies for different audiences.

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