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.


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ATSSA calls for roadway safety infrastructure funding at HMG press conference

Joins industry leaders in advocating for infrastructure funding during Infrastructure Week

On May 14, 2019, ATSSA's President & CEO Roger Wentz joined members of Congress and infrastructure leaders from the Highway Materials Group for a press conference to call on Congress to rebuild America’s aging infrastructure.

The press conference was in conjunction with Infrastructure Week, a national awareness campaign that calls on federal legislators to invest in our nation’s infrastructure. ATSSA is the leader in the roadway safety infrastructure industry, representing more than 1,500 member companies that manufacture, supply, and install roadway safety infrastructure devices that save lives each day on our nation’s roadways.

“On behalf of ATSSA’s 1,500 member companies, we call on Congress and the White House to robustly invest in our nation’s roadway infrastructure. This investment is critical to the safety of the traveling public. The recent crashes of two jetliners that resulted in 346 fatalities garnered international headlines and the worldwide grounding of the 747 MAX 8. Yet, more than 37,000 people were killed on U.S. roads in 2017, which is roughly the equivalent to 75 fully-loaded aircraft. Where is the public outcry? Where is the media focus? Is this not also a crisis?

We know how to make our roads safer for drivers, for cyclists, and for pedestrians. We just need the means to do it. Therefore, we call on Congress to aggressively combat roadway fatalities and serious injuries by investing in a roadway safety-focused infrastructure package, which is paid for by increasing user fees and dedicating ten cents of each dollar to saving lives. We are asking road users to pay just a little bit more so that every family member in every community and congressional district can come home safely each and every day.

Investing in America’s roadway safety infrastructure is good economics, good politics, and most importantly, good for safety. We have the ability, knowledge, and passion to save lives. Let’s get to work.” said Wentz during his remarks.

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