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The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) has applied to the U.S. Department of Transportation to become a designated Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Pilot location.
The Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicles Testing Policy Task Force recently developed guidance for creating policies for overseeing testing of highly automated vehicles for PennDOT. The guidelines are open to public comment through Jan. 12.
“This application further illustrates that we’re a national leader in supporting automated vehicle development with safety and flexibility in mind,” PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards says. “We’ve put in significant work on this issue with our task force, with our partners in the legislature, and through close collaboration with the industry.”
Included in the application are areas within the state the agency considers ideal for testing. These include:
“We’re thrilled to be a partner with PennDOT on this application, and continue our leadership as a laboratory for innovation that benefits all residents,” says Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto.