• September 19th, 2019

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced $60 million in awards to research groups and state departments of transportation that are exploring projects related to vehicle automation.

The funding, announced Sept. 18, was made possible through DOT’s Automated Driving System Demonstration grant program, which supports projects that are meant to generate data to inform rulemaking and encourage collaboration on automated driving systems. These awards mark the first spate of grants distributed through this program.

“Transportation infrastructure innovation has improved mobility, economic growth and quality of life,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at a ceremony announcing the grants. “This kind of transportation innovation has always been in America’s DNA. These projects will show our country the diverse applications of automated driving systems technology.”