Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT)

Roadway safety in a cooperative automated world

Highway automation is not years away, or even days away. It’s here now, causing a number of state transportation agencies to react with initiatives related to preparing and supporting Connected Automated Vehicles (CAVs) on U.S. roadways.


Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)

Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT) deals with CAVs, which are vehicles capable of driving on their own with limited or no human involvement in navigation and control. Per the definition adopted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are six levels of automation (Levels 0-2: driver assistance and Levels 3-5: HAV), each of which requires its own specification and marketplace considerations.


Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)

For traffic safety, vehicle-to-everything communications is the wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles and anything else. The "X" could be roadway infrastructure, other vehicles, roadway workers or other safety and communication devices. ATSSA members are at the forefront of these technologies, and are working with stakeholders across new industries to see these innovations come to life.


Sensor Technology

CAVs rely on three main groups of sensors: camera, radar, and Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR). The camera sensors capture moving objects and the outlines of roadway devices to get speed and distance data. Short- and long-range radar sensors work to detect traffic from the front and the back of CAVs. LIDAR systems produce three-dimensional images of both moving and stationary objects. 


For more information about ATSSA’s efforts on CAT and CAV’s and their interaction with our member products check out the resources below.




Resources

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Midyear Digital: A virtual meeting to inspire real-world solutions

Register now to join ATSSA members in advancing the future of roadway safety infrastructure

Registration is now open for ATSSA’s Midyear Digital meeting to be held online from Aug. 24-27. This year’s meeting will be held in a fully digitized format with a variety of components reimagined due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions.  Inspiring real-world solutions, Midyear Digital will kick off with a 45-minute virtual town hall style session that will include key transportation professionals discussing prominent industry issues and innovations. The event will then continue with virtual committee and council meetings.

Help shape the Association’s policies and initiatives in the coming year by participating in Midyear Digital. Take advantage of the opportunity to collaborate with more than 300 like-minded ATSSA members from across the country as we demonstrate our commitment to innovation and advancement of roadway safety infrastructure.

Midyear Digital offers online networking events to include a virtual PAC reception on Aug. 25 from 5-6 p.m.

“ATSSA’s Midyear Digital is a critical event for our members to attend.  At this meeting, members hold important discussions about the trends, issues and advancements within the roadway safety and infrastructure industry,” said ATSSA Vice President of Member Services Donna Clark. “While we are disappointed that we cannot be together in Minneapolis, it is still critical for our members to connect during this online event. We look forward to connecting in this new format and encourage those who have not yet attended a Midyear meeting to join us in August.”

With Midyear going digital this year, The ATSS Foundation won’t be able to hold the fundraising social events originally planned but your support is still needed. Consider donating the amount you would have spent on Uber or cab fares during a regular Midyear Meeting. Your tax-deductible gift supports the families of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in work zone crashes. 

To learn more about Midyear Digital, visit atssa.com/Events/Midyear-Meeting. Register today!

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