ITE Releases Position Statement on Connected and Automated Vehicles
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) releases their position on the development of Connected and Automated (CV/AV) Vehicles in light of the recent fatality involving a self-driving car in Tempe, Arizona.
In a statement made on April 3, 2018, ITE states, “it supports the advancement of technology in all areas of transportation and remains optimistic about the innovation and entrepreneurship that the private sector is bringing to the industry. ITE believes these new technologies have the potential to revolutionize transportation and save thousands of lives. A strong government role remains critical to ensuring that the deployment of CV/AV improves the quality of life for all citizens. Governments must provide the regulatory oversight to ensure that CV/AV testing is done in a transparent manner and that public safety is not compromised. In addition, they can also play a key role in working with the private sector to facilitate deployment and remove regulatory barriers to widespread deployment of proven technologies. ITE feels that the private sector, working in concert with the government, has the responsibility to verify that new technologies have been fully tested in off-the-road environments before they are placed on public roads.”
Furthermore, ITE International President Michael P. Sanderson said ,”As a community of transportation professionals whose members are active in the development, deployment, and oversight of these new technologies, we feel it is our responsibility to speak out about both the importance of these technologies and the responsibility of governments and industry to protect public safety.”
In ITE’s position statement, they have identified six key tenets that underpin its position. These tenets are meant to provide a high-level framework for the development, testing, and deployment of CV/AV.
“We recognize that ITE’s position and these tenets must evolve as these technologies and the industry mature. We hope that they can spur a dialogue among our members and within our industry with regard to the proper balance between innovation and public safety,” said Jeffrey F. Paniati, ITE Executive Director and CEO.
ITE’s full position statement can be found at: http://library.ite.org/pub/6059bdbd-aaef-45e4-58f6-f14962022873.