Solicitation of Proposals for Designation of Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds Pilot
Solicitation of Proposals for Designation of Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds Pilot
Anthony R. Foxx
U.S. Department of Transportation
29 November 2016
[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 229 (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28619]
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Office of the Secretary
[Docket No. DOT-OST-2016-0233]
Solicitation of Proposals for Designation of Automated Vehicle
Proving Grounds Pilot
AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation
ACTION: Notice of intent to designate proving grounds.
SUMMARY: It is the policy of the U.S. Department of Transportation
(``DOT'' or the ``Department'') to foster the safe deployment of
advanced automated vehicle technologies to achieve national goals while
understanding the long-term societal and ethical impacts that these
technological advancements may impose. To further this understanding,
the DOT is requesting proposals from applicants to form an initial
network of multiple proving grounds, focused on the advancement of
automated vehicle technology. These entities will be designated as a
Community of Practice to develop and share best practices around the
safe testing, demonstration and deployment of automated vehicle
DATES: Proposals must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 19,
ADDRESSES: Final proposals must not exceed 15 pages in length, and must
be submitted electronically to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information concerning
this notice, please send inquiries to email@example.com.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department is requesting applications to
be designated as USDOT Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds. Please read
this notice in its entirety so that you have all the information to
determine whether you would like to submit a proposal.
DESCRIPTION: Benefits of Designation as a USDOT Automated Vehicle
Proving Ground: Automated and connected vehicle technologies are
advancing, but the pace of innovation can accelerate through the safe
testing and deployment of vehicles on closed tracks, on campuses and on
limited roads. For this purpose, the DOT is seeking applications from
eligible entities that would like to be designated USDOT Automated
Vehicle Proving Grounds. The Department anticipates that the
designation will encourage new levels of public safety while
contributing to a strong innovative foundation able to transform
personal and commercial
mobility and open new doors to disadvantaged people and communities.
The designated proving grounds will collectively form a Community of
Practice around safe testing and deployment. This group will openly
share best practices for the safe conduct of testing and operations as
they are developed, enabling the participants and the general public to
learn at a faster rate and accelerating the pace of safe deployment.
Designated Proving Grounds must establish a Designated Safety Officer
responsible for their safety management plan and commit to sharing
their approaches to safety and non-proprietary/non-confidential safety
data generated though testing and operation.
DESIGNATION DECISIONS: The Secretary of Transportation will make all
designations under this notice. A designation as a USDOT Automated
Vehicle Proving Ground is not an award of Federal financial assistance.
ELIGIBILITY INFORMATION: The following entities are eligible for
designation as a USDOT Automated Vehicle Proving Ground. Individuals
are not eligible for designation under this notice. Facilities will not
be limited to a predetermined size, number or variety of domains/
capabilities. The Department actively encourages the inclusion of
minority institutions//businesses (e.g., small and disadvantaged
businesses). Eligible entities include:
(1) Test tracks or testing facilities
(2) Race tracks
(3) Cities/urban cores
(4) Highway corridors
(5) Campuses (corporate or academic)
SELECTION CRITERIA: The Secretary of Transportation will make all
designations. Selections will be based on meeting the mandatory
criteria and the level of ability of the applicant to meet one or more
of the other criteria identified below:
A Designated Safety Officer responsible for the entity's
safety management plan and who will participate in the Community of
Practice's regular quarterly meeting of Safety Officers.
Commitment to sharing the entity's approaches to safety
and safety data generated through testing and operation.
The extent to which the applicant meets the above
eligibility and administers an established automated vehicle program,
either independently or through a partnership.
The capability of the applicant to provide leadership in
making national and regional contributions to the solution of both
long-range and immediate mobility challenges through the testing and
deployment of automated vehicle technology.
The applicant's proposed contributions to the Community of
Practice. Examples include established safety management plans, access
to testing data, engagement with stakeholders or ability to generate
results that have broad applicability.
As part of participation in the Community of Practice,
Designated Proving Grounds applicant's ability and willingness to
maintain a working relationship with the Department's relevant research
program offices. The application should describe this proposed
relationship, including aspects such as potential participation in
conferences, meetings, joint research efforts, and submission of
significant activity reports to the DOT on a routine basis.
Commitment to Safety
The demonstrated capability to control risks through the
implementation of robust safety precautions through a published safety
management plan in all proving ground testing and operations.
Applicant demonstrates that specific safety considerations
have been met over the course of operation, including safety of proving
ground personnel, safety protocols when making use of public roads, and
attention to safe design, deployment, and operation of automated
Research, Application and Data Sharing
The extent to which the State or locality in which the
applicant is located can provide applicable solutions for the broader
region and surrounding corridor for improved mobility through the
advancement of automated vehicle technology.
The demonstrated research and extension resources
available to the applicant for carrying out activities and programs as
they relate to automated vehicle advancements.
The degree to which the applicant can disseminate results
of automated vehicle research through a statewide or region-wide
education program to support the national deployment of automated
A commitment to open data and sharing performance metrics
and results of objective tests.
In facilitating automated vehicle testing, applicants
demonstrate commitment through one or more of the following:
(1) Capital improvements to the proving grounds to advance
(2) Authorization for the proving grounds, either through State
legislation or regulation, to address regulatory challenges associated
with higher levels of automation;
(3) Testing or deployment underway to determine automated vehicle
(1) Designated facility is open for testing, or the ability of the
applicant to demonstrate that the facility will be open for testing, by
January 1, 2018.
(2) The facility supports testing by multiple users, or the data
generated by the proving ground is shared openly to the public.
(3) Designated facility provides a Designated Point of Contact.
(4) If making use of public roads, the applicant demonstrates that
it has engaged with any affected communities and can show that it is
actively working with those communities to address any concerns.
Adherence to Laws, Regulations, and Federal Policy
The degree to which the application addresses how the
automated vehicle testing facility will adhere to all state and local
laws and federal regulations.
If making use of public roads, the applicant demonstrates
adherence to those primary subject areas outlined in the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) policy for automated
vehicles (Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next
Revolution in Roadway Safety) for any testing or deployment of L3-L5
systems on public roads.
REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS: DOT will review all applications received
by the deadline. The designation review and selection process consists
of two phases: Eligibility & Technical Review and Senior Review. In the
Eligibility & Technical Review phase, DOT staff will (1) ensure that
the applicant is eligible (see Eligibility Information section) and (2)
assess the applicant's ability to meet the mandatory criteria and one
or more of the other Selection Criteria enumerated above. In the Senior
Review phase, which includes senior leadership from DOT, specific
applications may be advanced to the Secretary for selection. In making
recommendations, the Senior Review team may seek to ensure an equitable
geographic distribution and the inclusion of minority institutions/
businesses (e.g., small and
disadvantaged businesses). The Secretary selects from applications
advanced by the Senior Review team for designations.
DESIGNATION NOTICE: The Secretary will announce designations by posting
a list of USDOT Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds at
www.transportation.gov/. The Department anticipates that the selection
of the initial USDOT Automated Vehicle Proving Grounds will be
completed during the first quarter of calendar year 2017. The
Department may make additional designations on an annual basis or as
DESIGNATION AGENCY CONTACTS: For further information concerning this
notice, please contact the Department via email at firstname.lastname@example.org,
or call Christopher Hillers at 202-366-5421.
OTHER INFORMATION: All information submitted as part of or in support
of any application shall use publicly available data or data that can
be made public and methodologies that are accepted by industry practice
and standards, to the extent possible. If the application includes
information you consider to be a trade secret or confidential
commercial or financial information, the applicant should do the
following: (1) Note on the front cover that the submission ``Contains
Confidential Business Information (CBI)''; (2) mark each affected page
``CBI''; and (3) highlight or otherwise denote the CBI portions. DOT
protects such information from disclosure to the extent allowed under
applicable law. In the event DOT receives a Freedom of Information Act
(FOIA) request for the information, DOT will follow the procedures
described in its FOIA regulations at 49 CFR 7.17. Only information that
is ultimately determined to be confidential under that procedure will
be exempt from disclosure under FOIA.
Issued in Washington, DC, on November 22, 2016.
Anthony R. Foxx,
Secretary of Transportation.
[FR Doc. 2016-28619 Filed 11-28-16; 8:45 am]
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