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's 2021 Convention & Traffic Expo currently set for in-person and online platforms

Final decision coming by Sept. 30 on whether to go fully virtual

ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo takes place Jan. 29-Feb. 2 and President & CEO Stacy Tetschner looks forward to making his first ATSSA convention an unforgettable event.

“This event will look different from other years but we’re definitely meeting and I’m excited about the many opportunities this convention will offer,” Tetschner said. “We plan a full slate of activities and look forward to hearing from our members about the creative ways they’ve been operating and problem-solving this year as they’ve faced the unprecedented challenges of the global pandemic. But make no mistake, we’ll be gathering to make vital connections.”

ATSSA is moving ahead with preparations for the 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo with the expectation that an in-person meeting will be possible in San Diego. People also have the option of registering for virtual attendance.

A final decision on whether the Convention moves to a fully virtual format will be made by Sept. 30, Tetschner said.

“We visited San Diego in mid-July as part of the evaluation process and will continue assessing all factors throughout the summer,” he said. “We’re committed to holding a fantastic event that furthers our mission of advancing roadway safety, but that commitment to safety also includes prioritizing the well-being of our members, Expo attendees, exhibit partners, and ATSSA staff.”

Registration opens in early September. At the same time, Convention options for hotel reservations will also become available.

Should ATSSA determine the face-to-face conference is not possible, people already registered will have the option of converting to the virtual meeting or canceling for a full refund.

“ATSSA understands the profound global impact of the coronavirus on its members and related industries. We stand with our members and work daily to advance the roadway safety infrastructure industry through effective legislative advocacy, traffic control safety training, and a far-reaching member partnership,” Tetschner said.

For 50 years, ATSSA has hosted the largest gathering of roadway safety professionals in North America with nearly 3,700 registered for its golden anniversary celebration.

The event provides the premier opportunity to make essential connections to advance roadway safety. As 2021 approaches, it’s as important as ever to connect with industry leaders, hear about the latest safety solutions, capitalize on innovative ideas, and profit from lessons learned across the industry as it pressed ahead with its essential work amid COVID-19 and shutdown orders.

Save the date and stay tuned for additional details on ATSSA’s 2021 Convention – Connected and Vital!

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