National Dialogue on Highway Automation
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) is initiating a national conversation with partners and stakeholders, as well as the public at-large, 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 will engage an expanded set of stakeholders—beyond FHWA's typical stakeholders—in order to ensure that this issue receives broad input. Stakeholders will 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.
The National Dialogue meetings are designed to support significant interaction among participants and will be held in different locations across the country, running from June 2018 through the end of the calendar year. Workshops will include discussions with government and industry leaders, breakout sessions, listening sessions and opportunities to collaborate with meeting participants. Each workshop will run from 1 to 1.5 days and will have both general sessions and sessions designated around a specific topic or focus area.
The FHWA National Dialogue on Highway Automation workshops will address the following focus areas as they represent key categories of interest to the highway community.
October 24-25, 2018 – National Dialogue Operations Workshop, Mesa, Arizona
September 5-6, 2018 – National Dialogue Freight Workshop, Chicago, Illinois
August 1-2, 2018 – National Dialogue Digital Infrastructure and Data Workshop, Seattle, Washington
June 26-27, 2018 – National Dialogue Planning and Policy Workshop, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
June 7, 2018 – National Dialogue Launch Workshop, Detroit, Michigan
May 8, 2018 – National Dialogue Launch Webinar
John Corbin, PE, PTOE