Pennsylvania releases automated vehicles survey

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Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) recently launched a survey on behalf of Pennsylvania’s Highly Automated Vehicle (HAV) Advisory Committee.

Results will be used to gain an understanding of residents’ thoughts on automated vehicles.

The survey will ask questions gauging residents’ understanding of the technology, their level of comfort, and expectations.

“Automated vehicle technology is rapidly advancing, and many features are already available in newer vehicles,” PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian said. “It is important that the department understands how Pennsylvanians feel about this technology, to help us shape our education and communication focus going forward.”

Act 117 of 2018 created the HAV Advisory Committee, a partnership between public and private key stakeholders. Its purpose is to advise and consult the secretary of transportation on connected and highly automated vehicles.

This includes reviewing existing laws, regulations, and policies; evaluating best practices; and developing technical guidance.

The committee’s strategic goals include ensuring effective laws and standards for safe and efficient transportation; staying current with changing technology; and engaging with policymakers, partners, and the public on connected and automated vehicle technology.

Committee members include Gramian; Mark Compton, Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission CEO; Samuel McLaughlin, Volvo Group Trucks external research manager; and Alison Pascale, Audi of America senior policy strategist.