Kolly, the agency’s chief safety scientist said during a briefing earlier Wednesday. “The more information the public has about the on-road testing of automated driving systems, the more they will understand the development of this promising technology,” NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens said in a statement. “Automated driving systems are not yet available for sale to the public, and the AV TEST Initiative will help improve public understanding of the technology’s potential and limitations as it continues to develop.
The U. S. government rolled out a new online tool Wednesday designed to give the public insight into where and who is testing automated vehicle technology throughout the country.
The official name of the online tool — Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative tracking tool — is a jargony mess of a word salad.
The information on the interactive webpage is based on information that companies have volunteered. In other words, companies testing automated vehicle technology are not required by the federal government to provide data.
The online tool gives users the ability to find information about on-road testing of automated vehicles in 17 cities throughout the United States.