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Transportation Department to fund automated driving demos

The Department of Transportation is making $60 million in grant funding available to public-sector entities to demonstrate how automated driving systems (ADS) can be safely integrated into the nation's transportation system.

The ADS demonstration program aims to improve safety as well as collect and share data to advance policy-making. Specifically, DOT is looking for projects that serve a variety of transportation needs, including people in urban, suburban and rural environments and markets such as freight, personal mobility and public transportation.

Automation technologies should be at least at Level 3, which refers to automated systems that allow a human driver to intervene. Applicants should have a prototype available for a physical demonstration and be able to share data in near real time throughout the project.

The grants are open to state and local governments, tribal governments, transit agencies and authorities and other subdivisions of state or local governments along with public academic or research institutions. Private companies and private universities are not eligible although they can be a sub-recipient or subcontractor.

Applications are due March 21. More information is available here.

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Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA and MA from West Chester University and did Ph.D. work in English at the University of Delaware.

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