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Notice of Request for Comments: Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0 (AV 4.0)

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Notice of Request for Comments: Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0 (AV 4.0)

Finch Fulton
U.S. Department of Transportation
6 February 2020

[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 25 (Thursday, February 6, 2020)]
[Pages 7011-7012]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-02332]



Office of the Secretary

[Docket No. DOT-OST-2019-0179]

Notice of Request for Comments: Ensuring American Leadership in 
Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0 (AV 4.0)

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary (OST), U.S. Department of 
Transportation (USDOT).

ACTION: Notice of request for comments.


SUMMARY: The USDOT and the White House Office of Science and Technology 
Policy (OSTP) invites public comment on the document, Ensuring American 
Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0 
(AV 4.0). This document builds upon Preparing for the Future of 
Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 (AV 3.0) and expands the scope 
to 38 relevant United States Government (USG) components which have 
direct or tangential equities in safe development and integration of AV 

DATES: You should submit your comments prior to April 2nd, 2020.
    Written Comments: Comments should refer to the docket number above 
and be submitted by one of the following methods:
     Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. 
Follow the online instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
     Hand Delivery: 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, West Building 
Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 
ET, Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays.
    Instructions: For detailed instructions on submitting comments and 
additional information on the rulemaking process, see the Public 
Participation heading of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this 
document. Note that all comments received will be posted without change 
to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information 
    Privacy Act: Anyone is able to search the electronic form of all 
comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual 
submitting the comment (or signing the comment, if submitted on behalf 
of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review USDOT's 
complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register published on 
April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19477-78) or at https://www.transportation.gov/privacy.
    Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or 
comments received, go to http://www.regulations.gov or to the street 
address listed above. Follow the online instructions for accessing the 

automation@dot.gov or Sujeesh Kurup (202-604-9102, 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AV 4.0 builds on AV 3.0 by expanding the 
scope to 38 Federal departments, independent agencies, commissions, and 
Executive Offices of the President. AV 4.0 is structured around three 
key areas: (1) USG AV technologies principles, (2) Administration 
Efforts Supporting AV Technology Growth and Leadership, and (3) USG 
Activities and Opportunities for Collaboration. The AV 4.0 document is 
available at: www.transportation.gov/av/4.
    The USDOT and OSTP sees AV 4.0 as a method to ensure a consistent 
USG approach to AV technologies and to ensure that the United States 
continues to lead AV technologies' research, development, and 
integration. The USDOT and OSTP are seeking public comments on the 
document, Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle 
Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0.

Public Participation

How do I prepare and submit comments?

    Your comments must be written and in English. To ensure that your 
comments are filed correctly in the docket, please include the docket 
number of this document in your comments.
    Please submit one copy (two copies if submitting by mail or hand 
delivery) of your comments, including the attachments, to the docket 
following the instructions given above under ADDRESSES. Please note, if 
you are submitting comments electronically as a PDF (Adobe) file, we 
ask that the documents submitted be scanned using an Optical Character 
Recognition (OCR) process, thus allowing the agency to search and copy 
certain portions of your submissions.

How do I submit confidential business information?

    Any submissions containing Confidential Information must be 
delivered to OST in the following manner:
     Submitted in a sealed envelope marked ``confidential 
treatment requested'';
     Accompanied by an index listing the document(s) or 
information that the submitter would like the Department to withhold. 
The index should include information such as numbers used to identify 
the relevant document(s) or information, document title and 
description, and relevant page numbers and/or section numbers within a 
document; and
     Submitted with a statement explaining the submitter's 
grounds for

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objecting to disclosure of the information to the public.
    OST also requests that submitters of Confidential Information 
include a non-confidential version (either redacted or summarized) of 
those confidential submissions in the public docket. In the event that 
the submitter cannot provide a non-confidential version of its 
submission, OST requests that the submitter post a notice in the docket 
stating that it has provided OST with Confidential Information. Should 
a submitter fail to docket either a non-confidential version of its 
submission or to post a notice that Confidential Information has been 
provided, we will note the receipt of the submission on the docket, 
with the submitter's organization or name (to the degree permitted by 
law) and the date of submission.

Will the agency consider late comments?

    The USDOT will consider all comments received before the close of 
business on the comment closing date indicated above under DATES. To 
the extent possible, the agency will also consider comments received 
after that date. Given that we intend for the policy document to be a 
living document and to be developed in an iterative fashion, subsequent 
opportunities to comment will also be provided periodically.

How can I read the comments submitted by other people?

    You may read the comments received at the address given above under 
COMMENTS. The hours of the docket are indicated above in the same 
location. You may also see the comments on the internet, identified by 
the docket number at the heading of this notice, at http://www.regulations.gov.

    Issued in Washington, DC on January 30, 2020, under authority 
delegated at 49 U.S.C. 1.25a.
Finch Fulton,
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.
[FR Doc. 2020-02332 Filed 2-5-20; 8:45 am]

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