The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) brought together hundreds of transportation stakeholders for its Public Listening Summit on Automated Vehicle Policy on March 1, 2018, in Washington, D.C. Experts in industry, government, labor, and advocacy, as well as members of the general public, provided valuable insights on how DOT can help safely integrate automated vehicles (AVs) into the Nation’s transportation system. This summit built on the conversation that began with [PDF WARNING] Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety, and continued the Department’s multimodal, unified approach to AV policy.
This public listening summit allowed a diverse group of stakeholders to bring their ideas, reactions, and concerns directly to DOT staff to inform AV policy development. The Department designed the summit with these goals in mind:
* Offer insights and perspectives on AV integration from keynote speakers, expert stakeholders, and panelists.
* Identify priority Federal and non-Federal activities that can accelerate the safe rollout of AVs.
The summit began with roundtable breakout discussions among transportation stakeholders representing a range of groups and topics, including:
* Public Safety and First Responders
* Disability and Accessibility
* Consumer and Public Education
* Insurance and Liability
* Employment Issues
Roundtable participants identified their needs and key areas of concern related to AV integration, and provided feedback on the roles they would like DOT to have. Participants provided their own views, and DOT did not seek or encourage consensus.
Following the roundtables, several hundred members of the public heard perspectives on AV integration during panel sessions featuring distinguished speakers from industry, State and local government agencies, and DOT modal agency executives.
This report summarizes the roundtable discussions and the views that panelists provided during the public session. The views and opinions in this report do not necessarily reflect the Department’s views. However, DOT will consider these perspectives in upcoming AV policy documents, guidance, and strategy. The Department plans to address most of the stakeholder questions and concerns that were identified during this event in the upcoming Automated Vehicle 3.0 document, as early as summer of 2018.