U.S. Department of Transportation to offer $25M in Rural Autonomous Vehicle funding

The U.S. Department of Transportation will be awarding $25 million in Rural Autonomous Vehicle research program funding to accredited universities.

The six-year cooperative agreement program funds research and pilot deployment activities that support rural and tribal applications of automated vehicle technologies.

Funding is used for research investigating the benefits and responsible application of automated vehicles and associated mobility technologies.

The department will award a $10 million grant focused on automated freight and delivery vehicles, and a $15 million grant focused on passenger transportation…

Rural areas are home to 19 percent of the U.S. population, yet are the location of 34 percent of public highway-rail grade crossing fatalities and 47 percent of all roadway fatalities.

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