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.


ATSSA’s Legislative Briefing & Fly-In happening on Capitol Hill, April 10-11
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ATSSA’s Legislative Briefing & Fly-In happening on Capitol Hill, April 10-11

The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and member organizations will be in Washington, D.C., on April 10-11 for its annual Legislative Briefing & Fly-In.


On April 10, the ATSSA Government Relations team will meet with ATSSA members for the legislative briefing to discuss relevant roadway safety legislation and what is currently happening legislatively in Washington. On April 11, attendees will have an opportunity to tour the Capitol building, as well as speak with members of Congress about how investing in roadway safety infrastructure provides opportunity, reduces injuries, and saves lives.

In 2017, more than 100 member companies attended ATSSA’s Fly-In. In 2018, ATSSA aims to exceed that goal.

According to ATSSA Director of State Government Relations Ashley Wieland, another goal for the Fly-In is to increase participation from states that have not been represented at the event in the past.

“The Legislative Briefing & Fly-In is a wonderful opportunity for ATSSA members to see how we are advocating for road safety year-round, and for them to learn how to advocate for issues and legislation that have an impact on our businesses and communities,” said Nate Smith, vice president of government relations for ATSSA. “Their real-life experience can be greatly impactful when it comes to pushing for funding and legislation that will save lives out on the road.”

All ATSSA members are eligible to participate in the Fly-In.

“As a consortium of companies, the industry presence helps send the message much more clearly – with real stories and real people behind it,” said Dan Gerow, global regulatory project manager for Sherwin-Williams Company, at the 2016 Fly-In.

There are a limited number of $750 scholarships available for first-time attendees of the Fly-In. Contact the ATSSA Government Relations team with questions about scholarship eligibility. There is also a “Scholarship” option on the Fly-In registration page that you can select.

Fly-In participants will stay in the Washington Court Hotel. When you’ve completed your registration, visit the hotel’s online portal to secure your room and the $339 discounted rate. The cutoff for hotel reservations is March 9.

For more information about the Fly-In, visit

To register for the event, click here. To hear more about what ATSSA members have to say about the Fly-In, click here.

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