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CAV stands for Connected and Automated Vehicles as a whole.
Connected Vehicles send and receive messages to other vehicles, wireless devices and infrastructure (such as traffic signals and work zones). They also provide can warning messages to prevent collisions.
Automated Vehicles are vehicles that use sensors and computer systems to drive themselves. Often called "self-driving" cars, AVs partially or entirely remove the need for a driver to control the vehicle.
Connect with us! We are looking to work with any company that has interest in bringing automated vehicles to Oregon, and we have established a voluntary testing notification process to facilitate the exchange of information between AV manufacturers and the agency. If you have any questions, email us at AVtesting@odot.state.or.us.
Why participate? ODOT does not currently regulate AV testing, but the AV Voluntary Notification allows us to provide safety information to interested companies on work zones and lane closures on proposed test routes and dates. It also enables ODOT to solicit feedback from AV system developers on how to engage the industry, and to track the progress of AV testing in the state.
Before testing: Before each AV test, ODOT encourages companies to fill out the Voluntary Notification of Automated Vehicle testing form (Note: If you cannot open the form, right-click to save it.).
The form requests information similar to that gathered by other states. This form is neither an application nor a permitting process, but instead a notification of planned testing activities. Email the completed form to AVtesting@odot.state.or.us.
After testing: ODOT also requests that AV companies submit a report after testing is complete. Email this report to AVtesting@odot.state.or.us.
The report should consist of:
What to expect: The objectives of voluntary notification are to ensure the safety of the transportation system and to learn from the Automated Vehicle industry. Once a voluntary notification is submitted, ODOT staff will consult with local jurisdictions and share with the testing company whether roadwork or lane closures are scheduled to occur in the test environment. ODOT will also share the intent to test with Oregon State Police, who will notify local law enforcement of the test to help alleviate confusion. ODOT will also review the application to learn more about this new field to ensure that its processes and interactions are efficient and effective.
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