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Subject Term: "Motor vehicle safety"

1 publication with a total of 1 priority recommendation
Director: David Wise
Phone: (202) 512-2834

1 open priority recommendation
Recommendation: The Secretary of Transportation should develop and implement a comprehensive plan to better manage departmental initiatives related to automated vehicles. This plan should include leading principles such as goals, priorities, steps to achieve results, milestones, and performance measures to track progress. (Recommendation 1)

Agency: Department of Transportation
Status: Open
Priority recommendation

Comments: DOT concurred with this recommendation. In July 2018, DOT released an initial plan related to this recommendation in response to a Congressional requirement associated with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (Pub. L. 115-141). This plan outlines DOT's overall approach for managing policy and research issues related to automated vehicles across DOT's modal administrations. The plan reaffirms DOT's commitment to developing a framework to address automated vehicles in 2019 that incorporates leading principles of comprehensive planning.