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.



Bring your recruitment challenges to ATSSA's Open Forum on Workforce Development

Be part of the conversation at the 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in February

Attend the Open Forum on Workforce Development at ATSSA’s 51st Annual Convention & Traffic Expo to be part of the dialogue among key stakeholders on the challenges facing roadway safety infrastructure industry in hiring and retaining a viable workforce.

Hear from experts during a two-hour session on Feb. 10 and engage in the discussion to help identify partners and resources.

Jeffrey Zaharewicz (left), acting director of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA) Center for Accelerating Innovation and Office of Innovative Program Delivery, will serve as facilitator and will be joined by Karen Bobo (right), director of the Center for Transportation Workforce Development at FHWA.

Zaharewicz is responsible for providing support, guidance, and policy direction for FHWA's strategic innovation deployment programs including Every Day Counts (EDC), State Transportation Innovation Councils, Accelerated Innovation Deployment Demonstration, and Accelerating Market Readiness.

Bobo is a three-decade veteran of FHWA and has been involved in FHWA's EDC and highway Worker Safety programs.

Karen BoboRecruiting and retaining the top talent in the roadway safety infrastructure industry is every company’s priority. Take part in this forum to develop a new model for identifying, placing and training individuals for industry jobs.

Take home lessons learned and gather details on new industry- and administration-supported initiatives and resources.

“This forum provides the opportunity not only to hear from experts on personnel issues but also to share your experiences and challenges during a live event,” said ATSSA Vice President of Education and Technical Services Donna Clark. “Every company involves people so everyone can benefit from the issues discussed at this Open Forum on Workforce Development. Let’s pull together and pave the way to a stronger industry workforce.”

The Open Forum runs from 10 a.m. to noon on Feb. 10 and is free with full registration.

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