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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Contractor Perspective: Doug Dolinar is president of Guidemark Inc. and Limntech Scientific Inc., chair of ATSSA's Roadway Worker Protection Council and a former member of ATSSA’s Board of Directors. Prior to starting Guidemark in 1980, he worked as an engineer in the aerospace industry. Doug founded Limntech Scientific in 2012 to provide technology to the pavement marking industry and developed patented technology using GPS and machine vision so workers can operate safely from their trucks while doing pavement marking.




Attorney Perspective: Whitney Remmes is assistant general counsel for RoadSafe Traffic Systems where she utilizes her experience in risk management to draft policies and assist the company’s Safety Team with issues involving safety incidents, claims and procedures. Whitney is a former member of ATSSA’s Board of Directors.






Indemnification and Waivers Perspective: Mary Beth Applegate is a paralegal employed as the contract administrator for Guidemark Inc., a position she has held for 17 years. She reviews all subcontracts and interacts with outside counsel concerning litigation. Prior to joining Guidemark, Mary Beth worked as a paralegal for the General Counsel of Solid Waste Services Inc. where she was responsible for Westlaw research as well as filings in appellate courts and various administrative agencies. 



Insurance Perspective: Michael Capell is vice president for Brown & Brown Lehigh Valley’s commercial insurance practice and concentrates on the nuanced intersection of risk and insurance.  He has served on advisory teams for complex projects including record-setting construction projects around the Philadelphia region and substantial coastal redevelopment activities in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. He also works with customers and their legal counsel, assisting with contract construction and negotiation to control the transfer of risk and more appropriately align the risks within the parameters of the insurance program. 



Risk Manager Perspective: Greg Stefan is senior vice president of risk control at Arch Insurance Group where he and his team support Arch’s Construction Underwriting and Claims teams in account selection, risk improvement and claim mitigation activities. He is also responsible for high-risk liability claim reduction initiatives including contractual risk transfer, construction defect prevention and work zone liability management. He regularly consults with contractor management teams in their continuous improvement processes concerning risk management, quality and safety. 


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