About the Automation Research Area

Automated vehicles are those in which at least some aspect of a safety-critical control function—such as steering, throttle, or braking—occurs without direct input from the driver. Automation has the potential to transform safety, mobility, energy, and environmental efficiency, as well as to increase productivity and facilitate freight movement within the nation’s transportation system. The ITS JPO’s automation research is a major component of the U.S. DOT’s vision of supporting the safe, reliable, efficient, and cost-effective integration of automation into the broader, multimodal transportation system.

The U.S. DOT recognizes that public and private sectors must work in partnership to improve the safety, security, and accessibility of automation technologies and address the concerns of the general public. ITS JPO’s role in this joint effort is to facilitate multimodal automation research and collaboration in safety, infrastructure interoperability, and policy analysis.

Planned Activities


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.

Kevin Dopart

Program Manager, Vehicle Safety and Automation

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

ITS Joint Program Office

(202) 366-5004