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  • AAMVA Special Alert on US DOT AV 3.0

    The United States Department of Transportation has released its new policy framework with respect to autonomous vehicles, entitled "Automated Vehicles 3.0: Preparing for the Future of Transportation" (AV 3.0). According to U.S. DOT, this voluntary guidance builds upon, but does not replace, the guidance provided in the earlier "Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety." Page 18 of the framework provides U.S. DOT's vision for the state role with respect to AVs, and indicates that states are directly 'responsible for licensing human drivers, registering motor vehicles, enacting and enforcing traffic laws, conducting safety inspections, and regulating motor vehicle insurance and liability. They are also responsible for planning, building, managing, and operating transit and the roadway infrastructure. Many of those roles may not change significantly with the deployment of automated vehicles.' The United States Department of Transportation also produced a Federal Register request for comments on their guidance document, requesting comments be submitted within 60 days of publication. Click here to read the AAMVA Special Alert or visit our online Media Center for the latest. 

    AAMVA mDL Work on Display in Japan


    AAMVA recently co-sponsored the first ever interoperability tests for the mobile driver license in Okayama, Japan. The tests reflected 16 prototype implementations of the draft standard being developed by ISO SC17/WG10. Participants included: Canadian Bank Note Company, Gemalto, GET Group/Scytales, HID Global, Idemia, Panasonic, Toshiba, and UL Transaction Security. The other sponsors of the testing event were the UTMS Society of Japan and EReg's Topic Group on Virtual Driver Licenses. The highly successful event was coordinated and managed by UL's Arjan Geluk, Chair of TF14 and Technical Advisor to AAMVA's Joint mDL working group. Representing AAMVA was Loffie Jordaan, Solution Architect & Chair of ISO WG10, and Geoff Slagle, Director of Identity Management & Chair INCITS B10.8. The testing was scheduled during the annual plenary of SC17 and the committees that meet in advance of the full SC, including the ISO committees responsible for standards for: physical identification cards; integrated circuit cards with and without contacts; biometric applications on cards and personal devices; passports; and the driver license.

    AAMVA Leadership Academy Applications Now Being Accepted

    The Leadership Academy provides professional development opportunities for future leaders in the AAMVA community. This program is designed for jurisdiction employees who have demonstrated leadership potential and the ability to succeed in positions of greater responsibility within their agencies. The program will take place April 29 – May 2, 2019. Attendees must have the approval and support of the Chief Administrator of their agency to apply. All expenses will be paid by AAMVA. This week-long program will include modules on defining leadership, team work and collaboration, change management, and more. It is an intense training opportunity focused on the unique characteristics of leading and managing a motor vehicle or law enforcement agency. The draft course outline provides more information on what topics will be included. If you are interested, please fill out the application form and send it along with your resume to Janice Dluzynski. Class size will be limited to eighteen participants and we can accept only one application from each member agency. Applications are due by November 5, 2018. If you have any questions regarding this program, please contact: Janice Dluzynski or 703-908-5842. See what prior participants had to say about the AAMVA Leadership Academy in this video.

    The following articles from Regional News - October 12, 2018 received the highest click-through rates:

    Fatal New York Limo Crash Raises Safety Questions About 'Frankenstein' Vehicles 

    The stretch limousine involved in a deadly crash in upstate New York on Saturday had recently failed a state safety inspection and its driver did not have the proper license to drive the vehicle, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The crash killed all 18 occupants of the modified limo and two pedestrians. Federal officials said it is the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. since a 2009 plane crash. Read the article at npr.org

    5+ States That Will Offer Non-Binary Gender Option on Driver's Licenses 

    This week, Minnesota became the latest state to offer a non-binary gender option on driver's license. There are soon-to-be five states offering a third option, besides male or female. This is important, as driver's licenses are state-controlled and are the most common type of government identification used by most people. Here's the list, in chronological order. Read the article at care2.com

    To Crash or Swerve? Study Reveals Which Actions Taken by Self-Driving Cars Are Morally Defensible 

    A crash by one of Uber Technologies, Inc.'s self-driving cars earlier this year resulted in the first pedestrian death associated with self-driving technology. The incident highlighted the challenges technology companies are facing in developing software that can adequately detect and respond to hazards in the road and immediate surroundings. The vehicle could have come to a complete stop in three seconds but did not employ emergency braking until 1.3 seconds before impact. Should emergency braking have been the default action taken immediately following the detection of roadway hazard? Read the article at phys.org.

    See the Stylish and Confusing Vehicles from the Paris Auto Show 

    The Paris Auto Show 2018 may have been devoid of big vehicle launches, but that doesn't mean it was boring. We saw a mix of cool (the Peugeot E-Legend), weird (Renault's EZ-ULTIMO), quick (Infiniti's Project Black S) and long-range (the Kia e-Niro). Read the article at engadget.com

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