About the Automation Research Area

The ITS JPO’s automation research is a major component of the U.S. DOT’s vision of supporting the safe, reliable, efficient, and cost-effective integration of automation into the broader, multimodal transportation system.

The U.S. DOT recognizes that public and private sectors must work in partnership to improve the safety, security, and accessibility of automation technologies and address the concerns of the general public. ITS JPO’s role in this joint effort is to facilitate multimodal automation research and collaboration in safety, infrastructure interoperability, and policy analysis.

ADAS means "Advanced Driver Assistance System," and refers to SAE Level 2. ADAS provides partial driving automation in the form of assisting an attentive driver. ADS means "Automated Driving System" and refers to SAE Levels 3-5 driving automation technologies. In a vehicle equipped with ADAS, the driver must continually monitor the driving environment, and always be prepared to provide steering, braking, and throttle inputs at all times. At its mature state, a vehicle equipped with ADS can perform the entire dynamic driving task on a sustained basis within a defined operating design domain (commonly referred to as the ODD) without driver involvement. For more information, please visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/technology-innovation/automated-vehicles-safety.

Planned Activities


Please explore this site for a more detailed description of the program and progress. We will continue to upload relevant program information for public consumption as it becomes available. For inquiries regarding the program, please contact the USDOT Point of Contact below.

Hyungjun Park

Automation Program Manager

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

ITS Joint Program Office

(202) 366-9126