Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0

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Replaces the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy released in 2016. Offers a path forward for the safe deployment of automated vehicles.


NHTSA's mission is to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the economic costs of roadway crashes through education, research, safety standards, and enforcement activity. As automated vehicle technologies advance, they have the potential to dramatically reduce the loss of life each day in roadway crashes. To support industry innovators and States in the deployment of this technology, while informing and educating the public, and improving roadway safety through the safe introduction of the technology, NHTSA presents Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety. It is an important part of DOT's multimodal efforts to support the safe introduction of automation technologies.

In this document, NHTSA offers a nonregulatory approach to automated vehicle technology safety. Section 1: Voluntary Guidance for Automated Driving Systems (Voluntary Guidance) supports the automotive industry and other key stakeholders as they consider and design best practices for the testing and safe deployment of Automated Driving Systems (ADSs - SAE Automation Levels 3 through 5 - Conditional, High, and Full Automation Systems). It contains 12 priority safety design elements for consideration, including vehicle cybersecurity, human machine interface, crashworthiness, consumer education and training, and post-crash ADS behavior.

Connected and Automated Vehicles
Grid Interface (Power and Communications)
Integration, Networking, and Communications
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Post-production: Service, Reuse, and Recycling
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
automated driving systems,safety,automated vehicle technology
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