NHTSA Launches Test-Tracking Tool For Autonomous Vehicles

In the USA, around 1,400 autonomous experimental vehicles are currently being tested on public roads in about a dozen states. In order to provide the public with better information about which companies are testing their vehicles where, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has put a tool online that presents this information in a collected form.

The online tool lists not only the manufacturers and locations, but also the type of vehicles and road types. In total, 17 cities, including Austin, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Jacksonville, Orlando, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., have actively autonomous experimental vehicles on the streets.

In the pilot phase for the online tool, data is available by Beep, Cruise, EasyMile, FCA, LM Industries, Navya, Nuro, Toyota, Waymo and Uber Advanced Technologies Group. The (so far voluntary) safety reports of Aurora, Ike, Kodiak, Lyft, TuSimple and Zoox are also available online.

Not all information is yet complete, but it is expected that over time a unified overview of test activities will be created.

The tool was developed by NHTSA as part of the Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing Initiative, and is intended to educate and engage the public.

The more information the public has about testing automated driving systems on the road, the more they will understand the development of this promising technology,” NHTSA Assistant 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 the public’s understanding of the potential and limitations of this technology as it develops.

Click here for the online tracking tool.

This article was also published in German.

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