Safety has consistently been DOT’s top strategic and organizational goal. Automation offers the potential to improve safety for vehicle operators and occupants and other travelers sharing the road. To address this potential, the USDOT hereby solicits applications to result in awards to eligible entities for an Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Program to fund planning, direct research, and demonstration grants for the research and development of ADS, defined in the SAE International Taxonomy and Definitions for Terms Related to Driving Automation Systems for OnRoad Motor Vehicles, J3016_201806,3 as well as certain technologies associated with ADS.
USDOT hereby requests applications in response to this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to result in multiple grant awards to eligible entities to fund demonstration projects that test the safe integration of automated driving systems into the Nation’s on road transportation system. Public Law 115-141 appropriates funding for a “highly automated vehicle research and development program” to fund planning, direct research, and demonstration grants for Automated Driving Systems (ADS) and other driving automation systems and technologies. Of the total amount provided, $60,000,000 must be used for demonstration grants that test the safe integration of ADS into our Nation’s on-road transportation system. Anticipated award amounts resulting from this NOFO will vary.