Transportation engineers set out position on connected and automated vehicles

The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has published a position statement on connected and automated vehicles, following two fatal crashes in which automated driving technologies were being used.

The ITE said that it “supports the advancement of technology in all areas of transportation and particularly in the development of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CV/AV)”.

The Institute is also “optimistic” about the innovation and entrepreneurship being brought to the transportation industry by the private sector, noting that new technologies “have the potential to revolutionize transportation and save thousands of lives”.

However, the body highlighted the need for governments to provide regulatory oversight in order to build public confidence.

“A strong government role will be critical to ensure that the deployment of CV/AV improves the quality of life for all citizens,” said the ITE.

The members group also called on autonomous vehicle developers to take responsibility for fully testing new technologies in off-road environments, before they are introduced on public roads.

Setting out a number of principles it would like to see in the development of connected and automated vehicles, the ITE called for driver assistance technologies such as lane keeping, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic braking to be adopted on all new vehicles.

However, the group sounded a note of caution about the use of automated driving technologies that require a driver to be ready to resume control of their vehicle.

“At this time, we do not believe SAE Level 2 and 3 systems requiring driver monitoring have been proven safe for use on the open road, in all environments.

“Additional research and testing is needed concerning the driver’s ability to remain vigilant and take over the driving task when required,” said the ITE.

The ITE’s full position statement on connected and autonomous vehicles can be found here.