Dialogue on Highway Automation.

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Automated vehicles have the potential to significantly transform the nation's roadways. They offer potential safety benefits but also introduce uncertainty for the agencies responsible for the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of the roadway infrastructure. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has initiated a national conversation with partners and stakeholders, as well as the public atlarge, to receive broad input on key areas of interest and prepare FHWA programs and policies to incorporate automation considerations. The National Dialogue on Highway Automation is a series of meetings held across the country to facilitate information sharing, identify key issues, and support the transportation community to safely and efficiently integrate automated vehicles into the road network. Input received during the National Dialogue will help inform FHWA research, policies, and programs.

This National Dialogue engages an expanded set of stakeholders--beyond FHWA's typical stakeholders--in order to ensure that this issue receives broad input. Stakeholders include, but are not limited to, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), technology suppliers, transportation network companies (TNCs), associations, State and local agencies, and public sector partners.

"Cutting-edge technologies, like automated vehicles, have the potential to dramatically change the nation's use of highways," said Acting Federal Highway Administrator Brandye L. Hendrickson. "Without hampering innovation in our federal role, we need to fully understand such advances so we can inform our state and local transportation partners and anticipate their needs."

The National Dialogue meetings are designed to support significant interaction among participants and are being held in different locations across the country through the end of this calendar year. Workshops will include discussions with government and industry leaders, breakout sessions, listening sessions and opportunities to collaborate with meeting participants.

MEETING OBJECTIVES

  1. Listen: Gather detailed input from a diverse group of stakeholders regarding opportunities and challenges on highway automation, such as infrastructure readiness, traffic operations, policy, planning, and other areas.

  2. Engage: Facilitate information sharing among industry, public agencies and others to understand the current state of automated vehicle technologies and inform FHWA actions.

  3. Inform: Raise awareness of...

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