Cooperative Automated Transportation (CAT)

Cooperative Automated Transportation

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.



ATSS Foundation announces Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients

Scholarships awarded to 14 students for 2020-21 academic year

Contact: Maria Robertston

ATSSA Director of Marketing & Communications



ATSS Foundation announces Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients

Scholarships awarded to 14 students for 2020-21 academic year

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (June 3, 2020) – The American Traffic Safety Services Foundation awarded 14 Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships and three Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarships to college and university students around the country for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program provides financial assistance for post-high school education to dependents of roadway workers killed or permanently disabled in roadway work zones. The program is competitive and provides scholarships with values up to $10,000 per student each year. Applicants who demonstrate a strong commitment to volunteerism may be eligible for an additional $1,000 in honor of Chuck Bailey, a member of the roadway safety industry who died in 2002.

The ATSS Foundation awarded scholarships totaling $58,000, including three Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarships.

The Foundation Board interviewed and thoroughly vetted scholarship applicants to ensure it is responsibly stewarding the resources entrusted to it, said Foundation President David Krahulec.

“During this process we have an opportunity to get to know each applicant and hear his or her story. This can be a very heartbreaking experience as these young people have all experienced a tragedy, but it’s also very rewarding to help them realize their goal of a post-secondary education,” Krahulec said. “Of course, none of this would be possible without the generosity of individuals, companies and organizations that support the work of The Foundation.”

The Foundation has awarded 88 Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarships since 2002 and 21 Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarships since 2004 for a total value of $313,000, according to Lori Diaz, associate director of The Foundation.

“The Foundation would not be able to offer life-changing services for families affected by work zone tragedy, like the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship program, without the generosity of donors,” Diaz said.

Following are the Roadway Worker Memorial Scholarship recipients, their hometowns and the colleges they will attend for the 2020-21 academic year.

  • Tessa Beard, Highland, Ill., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Cody Garner, Batesville, Ark., University of Arkansas, also awarded the Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarship
  • Daniel Hart, Ridge, N.Y., State University of New York at Cortland, also awarded the Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarship
  • Emily Hause, Eaton Rapids, Mich., Grand Valley State University
  • Cameron Hutt, Cleveland, Tenn., University of Tennessee in Knoxville
  • Joann Jones, Bluffton, Ind., Case Western Reserve University
  • Mariela Lara, Ojai, Calif., Santa Barbara City College
  • Andrea Pair, Spiro, Okla., Harding University College of Pharmacy
  • Courtney Parsons, Kelso, Wash., Bellevue College
  • Caitlyn Rains, Proctor, Ark., Arkansas State University Mid-South
  • James Sikorski, Titusville, Fla., Eastern Florida State College
  • Lee Timmons, Walkerton, Ind., Trine University
  • Marcie Walker, Dry Ridge, Ky., Morehead State University
  • Maycie Walker, Dry Ridge, Ky., University of Pikeville, also awarded the Chuck Bailey Memorial Scholarship

The Foundation is the charitable arm of ATSSA. It was formed in 1988 with the core purpose to promote roadway safety through charitable giving and public awareness programs. Donations can be made at


ATSSA’s core purpose is to advance roadway safety. ATSSA represents the roadway safety industry with effective legislative advocacy and a far-reaching member partnership. The Association also leads the nation in work zone safety training and education for roadway workers across the country. ATSSA members accomplish the advancement of roadway safety through the design, manufacture, and installation of road safety and traffic control devices. Visit to learn more.

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