Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

• What are the benefits of automation?

Automated vehicles offer several potential benefits to our nation’s surface transportation system, including:

  • Reducing the number of crashes caused by drivers or other conditions (e.g., weather and roadway conditions)
  • Reducing aggressive driving
  • Reducing travel time and improving travel time reliability
  • Expanding the reach of transportation modes to underserved users, as well as providing "first mile, last mile" connectivity service for all users
  • Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of existing transportation systems.

• What will automation efforts look like for the ITS JPO?

Responding effectively to automation requires a cross-modal effort, as the expertise on various aspects of automation resides in many parts of the U.S. DOT. Cross-cutting tools—such as evaluation methods, data access and exchanges, and development of other decision-making tools—support these three areas.

    • How does the ITS JPO plan to advance automation?

    The ITS JPO will advance automation by:

    • Making human factors research results on interactions between users and automated technologies publicly available to deployers and policymakers
    • Identifying, researching, and documenting needs related to infrastructure readiness to support automated vehicle testing, deployment, and integration for knowledge transfer
    • Effectively documenting and communicating the safety implications of truck platooning through testing and real-world assessment
    • Identifying and documenting new roles for automation technology to address transportation challenges in accessibility, mobility, and availability of transportation (for instance, in underserved communities)
    • Using real-world demonstrations of cooperative automation to illustrate system performance benefits and spur public- and private-sector long-term investment, adoption, and use of these technologies


    Please explore this site for a more detailed description of the program and progress. We will continue to upload relevant program information for public consumption as it becomes available. For inquiries regarding the program, please contact the USDOT Point of Contact below.

    Hyungjun Park

    Automation Program Manager

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    ITS Joint Program Office

    (202) 366-9126