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DOT Announces New Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation

DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Oct. 19 that he will establish an Advisory Committee on Automation in Transportation (ACAT), which will serve as a critical resource for the department in framing federal policy for the continued development and deployment of automated transportation.

“This committee will help determine how, when and where automated technology will transform the way we move,” Foxx said. “The department has advanced some of the life-saving benefits of automated technologies, including automated vehicle policy, but we are looking outside the government for innovative and thoughtful leaders to uncover its full potential across all modes.”

The 15 members of the committee should have cross-modal perspectives on such issues as intelligent transportation systems, robotics, enhanced freight movement, air traffic control next generation technology and advanced transportation technology deployment. Committee members will serve two-year terms, with no more than two consecutive term reappointments.

Individuals interested in nominating themselves or other potential members to the ACAT should send materials to this address.

The committee will assess DOT’s current research, policy and regulatory support to advance the safe and effective use of autonomous vehicles. They will also engage in information gathering, develop technical advice and present technology recommendations to the secretary. In particular, the ACAT will perform these activities as they may relate to emerging or “not-yet-conceived” innovations to ensure the department is prepared when disruptive technologies emerge.
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