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.



Navy SEALs leader is keynote speaker for 2022 Convention & Traffic Expo

ATSSA members reunite for roadway safety in Tampa, Florida, Feb. 11-15

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (Nov. 30, 2021) – The American Traffic Safety Services Association welcomes Rear Adm. Scott Moore, who led the Navy’s elite SEALs for 30 years, as keynote speaker for its 52nd Annual Convention & Traffic Expo set for Tampa, Florida, in February.

Moore led SEAL Teams through more than 2,000 of the most extreme, high-stakes missions including raids against key leaders in Afghanistan and hostage rescue operations during his decades-long military career. He also served as director of counterterrorism at the National Security Council and deputy director for special operations at the Pentagon where he reported to then-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. Today, Moore shares lessons on leadership, the importance of cohesion for successful teamwork and insights on recruiting, training and equipping teams to exceed expectations.

“The lessons Moore learned during his exceptional Navy career offer tremendous application for our members,” said ATSSA President & CEO Stacy Tetschner. “The insights he gained through team building, through situations where he needed to adjust strategy to meet changing conditions, and in situations where lives were at stake have direct application for our members who are devoted to saving lives on the nation’s roadways. I look forward to learning from Moore as he shares lessons learned through his incredible career serving our nation.”

Moore will speak Feb. 13 during the Sunday general session of the 2022 Convention & Traffic Expo.

After holding its 2021 event in virtual format, ATSSA’s 2022 Convention & Traffic Expo reunites members of the roadway safety infrastructure industry in Tampa, Feb. 11-15. The event brings together people representing every facet of the industry from guardrails to pavement markings to connected and automated vehicles.

The Association inaugurates two councils in 2022. The Roadway Worker Protection Council aims to heighten the focus on worker safety and develop resources to assist companies if tragedy strikes. The Women in Roadway Safety Council was established as a way for women to network and develop leadership skills within a male-dominated field.

ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo is the premier gathering of roadway safety infrastructure professionals from across North America. It offers nearly 50 education sessions, multiple networking opportunities and a massive Traffic Expo displaying the latest industry tools and technology, all at the 200,000-square-foot Tampa Convention Center.

The annual New Products Rollout enables companies to put their new ideas in front of the industry and before a panel of judges made up of department of transportation officials from across the country. From this group, three items are chosen for Innovation Awards and given the coveted opportunity to present their winning entries at ATSSA’s Circle of Innovation, where DOT representatives from across the nation evaluate items for possible deployment.

The Convention & Traffic Expo also includes recognition of multiple awards including the Industry Achievement Award, the Mark of Excellence Award, the National Safety Award and the  National Media Award.

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