Instead of projecting scenarios of danger and recklessness, a US federal agency is actually supporting autonomous vehicles (AVs). The National Highway Transportation Safety Association (NHTSA) has created the The Automated Vehicle Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative. The AV TEST will be a repository for data that emerges as controlled AV laboratory and track-testing on public roads takes place.

States and companies can voluntarily submit information about automated vehicles and testing to NHTSA as part of the AV TEST Initiative web pilot. Companies can choose which elements in a set of data elements they submit to NHTSA during this initiative, since AV TEST is a voluntary program. As a result, the tool does not represent all testing activity throughout the US — only the initial set of participants have provided.

The states involved are Arizona, California, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

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