U.S. Department of Transportation: Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Grants
Automated Driving System (ADS) Demonstration Grants will fund planning, direct research, and demonstration projects that test the safe integration of automated driving systems into the nation’s on-road transportation system. The minimum requirements of the ADS Demonstration Program are:
- Each demonstration must focus on the research and development of automation and ADS technology, with a preference for demonstrating L3 or greater automation technologies.
- Each demonstration must include a physical demonstration. Modeling and simulation may be included activities; however, a physical demonstration is required.
- Each demonstration must include the gathering and sharing of all relevant and required data with the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) throughout the project, in near real time. The Recipient must ensure the appropriate data are accessible to USDOT and/or the public for a minimum of five years after the award period of performance expires. Data demonstrating safety performance should include conventional data regarding safety incidents, operational (vehicle and ecosystem data), exposure measures, and innovative measures of safety-relevant vehicle behaviors that may indicate potential safety problems.
Amount: A total of $60,000,000 is available to make multiple awards that range up to $10,000,000 (number of awards are not specified).
Eligibility: State and local governments; tribal governments; transit agencies and authorities; metropolitan planning organizations; other subdivisions of State or local governments (including public port authorities/districts); public academic institutions; public research institutions; or a multijurisdictional group that is applying through a single lead applicant. Private companies and private universities may be a sub-recipients or subcontractors but are not eligible applicants.
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