Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States

Preparing for AVs
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Automated vehicles will bring new and perhaps unanticipated traffic safety issues to the states. GHSA's Preparing for Automated Vehicles: Traffic Safety Issues for States outlines these issues and discusses how law enforcement and State Highway Safety Offices (SHSOs) should prepare for them.

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Funded by State Farm®, the report analyzes market trends and finds that most autonomous vehicles (AVs) for the foreseeable future will share driving responsibility with humans, and are likely do so for many decades. There will continue to be crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving AVs, especially during this time when AVs share the road with vehicles driven by humans.

Former senior NHTSA official Dr. Jim Hedlund authored the report, which was developed with input from an advisory panel of experts.

Webinar Materials

Below are materials from GHSA and State Farm's webinar, led by Dr. Hedlund, summarizing the report's findings, introducing new developments, and discussing recommendations for states.

Expert Panel Members

  • Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)
  • Cathie Curtis, Director of Vehicle Programs, American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
  • Dr. David Harkey, President, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)/Highway Data Loss Institute (HLDI)
  • Vicki Harper, Public Affairs, State Farm®
  • Staff Sergeant Terry McDonnell, Traffic Safety Section, New York State Police
  • Ron Medford, Director of Safety, Waymo
  • Kurt Myers, Deputy Secretary, Driver and Vehicle Services, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
  • Mike Prince, Director, Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning
  • Honorable David Strickland, Counsel, Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets

Infographics Available for Download

JPEGs of the following infographics are available for download under "Resource Downloads" below.

AV Terminology and LevelsLevel 4 and 5 MarketshareState Public EducationLaw EnforcementPublic Opinion on AVs

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