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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.
CAV stands for connected and automated vehicles as a whole.
Levels of Automation
SAE, the Society of Automated Engineers, identified six levels of automation starting with Level 0, or no automation whatsoever, through Level 5, in which the vehicle has complete control.
You might already be driving a vehicle that is above Level 0. Level 1 automation includes automatic transmission, lane-keeping technologies and assisted cruise control. Level 2 includes some of these technologies working in conjunction (such as in Tesla's autopilot mode). It is Levels 3 through 5 where the Office of Innovation is focusing its attention.
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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.
Learn about ODOT's connected vehicles program.
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