All tagged DOT

DOT Selects Ten IPP Winners, Announces Two UAS Rulemakings Sent to OMB

In a big day for the UAS industry, the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first round of winning participants in its highly-anticipated unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP).  DOT also announced that two rulemaking publications have been submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for approval: the long-awaited flights over people notice of proposed rulemaking and the FAA’s previously-announced advanced notice of proposed rulemaking on safe and secure UAS operations.

Four Key Points for Regulators in the Wake of the First Self-Driving Car Pedestrian Fatality

Somber news out of Arizona this week as an autonomous Volvo modified and operated by Uber reportedly struck and killed a pedestrian.  Although this is not the first fatality in which a self-driving car played a role, this incident marks the first time a pedestrian has been killed by a car employing self-driving technology. 

UAS Integration Pilot Program Proposals Envision Medical Supply Delivery and Precise 3D Mapping

The final deadline has passed for applications to the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program.  Since the program was officially launched on November 8, 2017, the FAA has received over 200 lead applications from government entities and over 2800 notices from interested parties hoping to participate in the program. 

DOT Shifts Gears to Consider Future Infrastructure Needs of Automated Vehicles

The Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released a request for information (RFI) on infrastructure and automated driving systems (ADS).  Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao signaled at CES that the agency would release four RFIs focused on accelerating development and consumer adoption of ADS, and this is the first of the series.  Comments are due March 5, 2018. 

V2V Announcement: Fact vs. Fiction

The Associated Press is reporting this week that the Trump Administration has decided not to pursue a mandate proposed by the Obama Administration that would have required automakers to install vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications technology in all new cars and trucks.  Is the Associated Press correct that the Administration is “jeopardizing one of the most promising technologies for preventing traffic deaths”?