Preparing for the Impact of Highly Automated Vehicles


The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is preparing Motor Vehicle and Traffic Enforcement Agencies to prepare for the impact of Automation in Vehicles. This session will provide an explanation of the Jurisdictional Guidelines for the Safe Testing and Deployment of Highly Automated Vehicles published in May 2018 by AAMVA through their Autonomous Vehicles Working Group.  These guidelines were published to assist jurisdictions in regulating autonomous vehicles and testing the drivers who operate them.

  Learning Objectives:

  • Gain an understanding of the SAE, International’s levels of vehicle automation
  • Discover the impact of vehicle automation on driver training, testing and licensing.
  • Hear how different types of technology will impact the operation of vehicles and improve mobility for underserved populations
  • Understand the implications of vehicle automation for motor vehicle and law enforcement agencies
  • Learn the value of consistent regulation across states and between the US and Canada.

Cathie Curtis

Director, Vehicle Programs, AAMVA

Cathie Curtis joined the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) located in Arlington, Virginia, in January 2012 and is the lead expert for vehicle programs. She is responsible for managing several projects, working groups and committees related to emerging vehicle issues including assisting jurisdictions prepare for highly automated vehicles. 

Prior to joining AAMVA, Cathie served for 32 years at the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles. For the first 27 years she managed the vehicle programs including title, registration, dealer licensing and commercial vehicles. For the last five years at the Bureau, she served as the Deputy Secretary of State, responsible for all motor vehicle related programs including driver licensing and an enforcement unit.  

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