Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies--Task-Order Support. Implications of Automation for Motor Vehicle Codes

Existing motor vehicle codes have been developed based on implicit assumptions about drivers maintaining continuous involvement in the driving task and continuous responsibility for managing traffic safety hazards. Automated driving systems significantly reduce the role of the driver, which means that some of these codes will need to be reconsidered. The incorporation of driving behavior into in-vehicle software also generates pressure to harmonize the rules of the road across jurisdictions. Research is needed to better understand and address the impact of automated driving systems on motor vehicle codes and other related domains. The objective of this research is to provide state departments of transportation (DOTs) and motor vehicle departments with guidance and resources to assist with the legal changes that will result from the roll out of connected and automated vehicles. This research will: (1) Review applicable existing laws and regulations that may need reconsideration as connected vehicles (CV) and connected and automated vehicles (AV) become more widely used with a focus on how these codes need to be revised (and how soon). (2) Address how changes to motor vehicle laws, regulations, and statutes related to CV and AV may affect current driving practices and continuous responsibility for managing traffic safety hazards. (3) Identify barriers to implementation of new Rules of the Road resulting from the roll out of CV and AV and develop strategies to overcome them. (4) Address processes and stages for modifying relevant motor vehicle code, laws, regulations, and statutes.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-102(07)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Chisholm-Smith, Gwen

  • Performing Organizations:

    Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg

    208 Patton Hall
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24061
  • Principal Investigators:

    Blanco, Myra

  • Start Date: 20161114
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180213
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40154

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01571987
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-102(07)
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 31 2015 1:00AM