NHTSA to launch open data platform for AV testing

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday announced the launch of its Automated Vehicles Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative, which encourages stakeholders to voluntarily share data regarding the on-road testing and development of AV systems. This data will then be displayed on a first-of-its-kind open data platform, accessible to the public.

Nine companies and eight states were listed as the initial stakeholders to commit to the initiative. Participation in the AV TEST Initiative is open to “all stakeholders involved in the development and testing of vehicles equipped with automated driving systems in the United States,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens in a kickoff call.