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Automated Vehicle Testing

Following discussions and meetings with the state's Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force and more than a dozen automated vehicle technology companies, PennDOT has issued guidance to enhance safety oversight of Highly Automated Vehicles in Pennsylvania (PDF).

To ensure all information is safely and securely transferred, PennDOT will be using the GlobalSCAPE Enhanced File Transfer tool. However, in order to access GlobalSCAPE, the Office of Administration requires outside parties to have Business Partner accounts. To obtain a Business Partner account, please complete the "Commonwealth IT Resource Acceptable Use Policy User Agreement — Commonwealth Contractor or Consultant" within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Information Technology Acceptable Use Policy (PDF) and email a scanned copy to penndotav@pa.gov. Please note, it may take 1-2 business days to create an account. Once your account has been created, you will be notified via email and will have access to the GlobalSCAPE system. PennDOT also has provided instructions on how to use the GlobalSCAPE system (PDF).

Testers should complete the Notice of Testing form (PDF) and Notice of Testing Supplement form (PDF), if necessary. In the Notice of Testing documents, all initial entries should have the corresponding "Add" field selected. If elements of the Notice of Testing change in the future, Testers should identify all changes with either "add," "modify," or "delete."

If Testers encounter any issues or have questions, please email PennDOT at penndotav@pa.gov.

Pennsylvania Automated Vehicle Summit

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PennDOT, along with the state Department of Community and Economic Development, convenes an annual Automated Vehicle Summit, where you can join the department secretaries and industry leaders as they focus on how automated vehicles will affect local planning and economic development, workforce education and training, and safety.

What Are Automated Vehicles?

Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force

Pennsylvania's Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force's reviewed its final testing policy in an online public meeting Dec. 12, 2016. If you missed it, view the archived webinar here.

The public comment period has closed. Those who submitted questions or comments will receive a response directly via email. Questions/comments and responses have been compiled here.

The guidance is the result of months of collaboration among state, federal, and private-industry officials — such as the Federal Highway Administration, AAA, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and General Motors — in the Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force.

Among the Task Force’s recommendations:

  • Testers of highly automated vehicles (HAVs) must submit testing proposals to PennDOT and enter contracts attesting that the vehicles meet all federal and state safety standards and meet the policies adopted by PennDOT.
  • PennDOT has to be notified prior to any HAV being used without an operator in fully self-driving mode.
  • PennDOT and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission may temporarily restrict HAVs from certain routes. Otherwise, HAVs may be tested on any road in the state. Municipalities can also ask PennDOT to temporarily restrict HAVs on local routes.
  • Platooning of HAVs will be restricted to two commercial or three passenger vehicles. However, testers can ask to use more HAVs in platooning, but PennDOT can ask for a safety demonstration first.
  • The HAVs must be able to record data that can be used to investigate crashes involving the HAVs. PennDOT will have access to the data.
  • Testers must certify that cybersecurity protections are in place for the HAVs.
  • PennDOT will collect data on total miles operated by HAVs, total number of hours of operation, and size of HAV fleets. PennDOT may also ask for other information such as counties where HAVs are being tested and percentage of testing done on limited access highways. PennDOT can also ask for information about the economic impact of HAV testing.
  • PennDOT and State Police will make annual reports on HAV testing to the Legislature.