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Department of Transportation seeking proposals for automated vehicle proving grounds pilot

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is requesting proposals from applicants (DOT-OST-2016-0233) to form an initial network of multiple proving grounds focused on the advancement of autonomous vehicle technology. The proving grounds will develop and share best practices around the safe testing, demonstration and deployment of autonomous vehicle technology.

The selected proving grounds will be designated “USDOT Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds.” DOT anticipates that the designation will encourage new levels of public safety while contributing to a foundation able to transform personal and commercial mobility and provide new opportunities to disadvantaged people and communities.

Designated proving grounds must appoint a Designated Safety Officer responsible for the safety management plan. The grounds must commit to sharing their approaches to safety and non-proprietary/non-confidential safety data genersted through testing and operation.

Designation as a USDOT Automated Vehicle Proving Ground does not carry an award of Federal funding with it.

Eligible entities include:

  • Test tracks or testing facilities
  • Race tracks
  • Cities/urban cores
  • Highway corridors
  • Campuses (corporate or academic)

Facilities must be open for testing by 1 January 2018.

The review and selection process consists of two phases: eligibility and technical review, and a senior review. In the latter phase, the Senior Review team may seek to ensure an equitable geographic distribution and include minority institutions/businesses.


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