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Resources for Connected and Automated Vehicles

The deployment of connected and automated vehicles presents specific challenges for state transportation agencies, including infrastructure improvement, policy changes, and, with the development of self-driving vehicles, safety and regulatory requirements. 
The National Operations Center of Excellence (NOCoE) is committed to providing resources for state CEO's and other agencies who will be impacted by these emerging technologies. We've addressed the benefits and impacts of connected vehicles on the emergency response community, advocated for agencies to take up the SPAT Challenge, and addressed connected and automated vehicle related issues in many of our webinars. We at NOCoE are happy to assist you with anything regarding connected, automated, or autonomous vehicles. Feel free to email Managing Director, Adam Hopps, for additional information.
Additionally, the Connected and Automated Transportation (CAT) Coalition homepage can be found here:
There are also great resources available for transportation agencies as well, including:

Connected Vehicles Overview

Impacts of Connected Vehicles and Automated Vehicles on State and Local Transportation Agencies (NCHRP 20-102)

This project features a number of tasks and reports, which: (1) identify critical issues associated with connected vehicles and automated vehicles that state and local transportation agencies and AASHTO will face, (2) conduct research to address those issues, and (3) conduct related technology transfer and information exchange activities.

Transportation Planning Capacity Building: Connected and Automated Vehicle Resources and Publications (FHWA)

The Transportation Planning Capacity Building (TPCB) Program is designed to help decision makers, transportation officials, and staff resolve the increasingly complex issues they face when addressing transportation needs in their communities. These resources focus specifically on Connected and Automated Vehicles, including planning techniques.

Connected Vehicle Overview and Pilots from ITS Joint Program Office

The Intelligent Transportation Joint Program Office (ITS JPO) supports connected vehicle research and deployment. This resource gives an overview of connected vehicle basics, outlines the benefits, applications, and deployment needs, and provides an overview of the connected vehicle pilots in New York City, Tampa Bay, and Wyoming.

Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition

The Vehicle to Infrastructure Deployment Coalition (V2I DC) began as a concept to create a single point of reference for stakeholders to meet and discuss V2I deployment related issues. This resource contains reports from the coalition, membership information, and ongoing activities.

Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund Study

The pooled fund study entitled “Program to Support the Development and Deployment of Connected Vehicle Applications” was created by a group of state and local transportation agencies and FHWA in order to provide a means to conduct the work necessary for infrastructure providers to play a leading role in advancing the Connected Vehicle systems. Ongoing activities and meetings can are provided here, via University of Virginia's Center for Transportation Studies.

International Scan of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology Deployment Efforts

This report is the result of a continuous effort of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to document global development and deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies. In just the last few years, research and pilot projects have proliferated rapidly. Connected and automated vehicle technology development is now a global phenomenon.

Challenges to CV and AV Application in Truck Freight Operations from NCHRP (Web-Only Document 231)

The report describes freight environments and challenges for connected and highly automated technologies, identifies public and private sector barriers to implementation, and proposes next steps for addressing challenges.

Demonstration of connected vehicle technology in Maricopa County, Arizona

MCDOT constructed a test bed in Anthem, Arizona to test the MCDOT SMARTDriveSM Program's vehicle prioritization technology in 2011. It was one of the first seven test beds in the country. See the video below from MCDOT Communications YouTube Channel:


NOCoE You Tube Channel

On August 30, NOCoE participated in a demonstration on how Connected Vehicle technologies will benefit emergency responders. This demonstration, held at Penn State’s Larson Institute test track and in conjunction with the ITS Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic ITE. 


Automated Vehicles Overview

National Dialogue on Highway Automation (Federal Highway Administration)

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is initiating a national conversation with partners and stakeholders to better understand the implications of highway automation to facilitate innovation and inform the Agency's role in this area. This National Dialogue on Highway Automation represents a series of meetings held across the country to facilitate information sharing, identify key issues and prepare the infrastructure and the broader transportation community to safely and efficiently integrate automated vehicles into the road network. Input received during the National Dialogue will help inform national research, policy, and programs and will aid in the development of a national transportation community for automation.

Automated Vehicles: Comprehensive Plan Could Help DOT Address Challenges (November 2017) - US Government Accountability Office

Automated cars and light-duty trucks—from vehicles already on the road equipped with driver assistance technologies to fully driverless cars still in development—pose safety and infrastructure challenges for policymakers, according to literature GAO reviewed and stakeholders GAO interviewed.

Adopting and Adapting: States and Automated Policy (June 2017) – Eno Center for Transportation

This paper, from the Eno Center for Transportation, examines three primary policy concerns for state governments: regulations, infrastructure investment and funding, and research and workforce training. The goal is to understand the current state of the industry, review existing and pending policies, and create actionable recommendations for states around the country.

American Associations of Motor Vehicle Administrator's (AAMVA) Autonomous Vehicle Best Practices Working Group

The purpose of the Autonomous Vehicle Best Practices Working Group is to work with the AAMVA jurisdictions, law enforcement, federal agencies and other stakeholders to gather, organize and share information with the AAMVA community related to the development, design, testing, use and regulation of autonomous vehicles and other emerging vehicle technology.

Autonomous Vehicle Primer from the Governor's Highway Safety Association (GHSA)

In early 2017, GHSA published a Spotlight on Highway Safety Report to help states understand and address issues related to autonomous vehicles. The report provides an overview of existing and upcoming technologies, information on public knowledge and attitudes, and recommendations for states to effectively prepare for autonomous vehicles and ensure that traffic safety is at the forefront of all AV discussions.

A National Strategic Framework to Advance Life-Saving Self-Driving Vehicles by the Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21)

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation ( has studied the potential safety, social, and economic benefits of accelerating the national effort to realize the deployment of self-driving vehicles, as well as the challenges and complexities of doing so. They have outlined what we consider to be the key issues that must be resolved in order to expedite a self-driving future, and presented an initial version of a framework to generate a conversation around deployment.

International Scan of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology Deployment Efforts

This report is the result of a continuous effort of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and Center for Automotive Research (CAR) to document global development and deployment of connected and automated vehicle technologies. In just the last few years, research and pilot projects have proliferated rapidly. Connected and automated vehicle technology development is now a global phenomenon.

Policy and Regulatory Resources

Legislation Tracker from National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

NCSL has a new autonomous vehicles legislative database, providing up-to-date, real-time information about state autonomous vehicle legislation that has been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Federal Automated Vehicles Policy Public Meeting from National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA)

On November 10, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) held a public meeting to discuss the recently released Federal Automated Vehicles (FAV) Policy (the Policy). The morning session focused on general comments regarding the Policy, while the afternoon session focused on comments regarding the Vehicle Performance Guidance and the Safety Assessment Letter. Public commenters in attendance included representatives from a broad range of organizations, such as automotive manufacturers and suppliers, vehicle fleet operators, technology companies, industry associations, and advocacy groups. This document provides a brief summary of the major themes derived from the public comments received during the meeting.

Beyond Speculation: Automated Vehicles and Public Policy from Eno Center for Transportation

This report outlines eighteen specific recommendations around major automated vehicle policy considerations, infrastructure, connectivity, and workforce development.

Autonomous  Vehicles: A Policy Preperation Guide from the National League of Cities (NLC)

National League of Cities latest resource, “Autonomous Vehicles: A Policy Preparation Guide,” provides an overview of AV technology and answers frequently asked questions for city leaders around AV manufacturers, public policy considerations, municipal coordination, and infrastructure investment.

Advancing Automated and Connected Vehicles: Policy and Planning Actions for State and Local Transportation Agencies from TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Report 845

The report and accompanying briefing document present potential societal outcomes of these technologies along with 18 policy and planning strategies that agency and legislative decision-makers could apply to align AV and CV technologies with public policy interests more effectively.

Impacts of Regulations and Policies on CV and AV Technology Introduction in Transit Operations from TRB's National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Research Web-Only Document 239

The report describes a roadmap of activities by industry, legislatures, federal government, and others to facilitate automated transit deployment and accelerate the societal benefits. These activities address technology, safety, workforce, operating policies, laws and regulations, and implementation of research findings.

State CEO Leadership Forum on Connected & Autonomous Vehicles and Transportation Infrastructure Readiness from NCHRP Project 20-24(111) Final Report

A summary of discussions among state DOT CEOs held at the ITS World Congress in Montréal, Canada, Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2017.