The FHWA’s Framework for automated-vehicle testing explained

s vehicle automation technologies evolve, driving responsibilities are shifting from human operators to automobiles. Automated driving systems (ADS) navigate without human involvement. A key concern for ADS is proving they are just as safe, if not safer, than humans, thereby earning public confidence. For this, significant testing must take place.

To assist in this task in the US the FWHA’s Testing and Pilot Design, Development, and Evaluation Framework (the Framework) for ADS-Roadway interfaces facilitates collaboration among developers and infrastructure organizations. The goal is to develop a framework that provides support in the creation of test and pilot programs, the outcomes of which can benefit both ADS and infrastructure entities.

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