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Development of Baseline Safety Performance Measures for Highly Automated Commercial Vehicles


To analyze and evaluate data from previous naturalistic driving studies to determine parameters that should be included in future automated commercial motor vehicle (CMV) naturalistic driving studies and pilot tests.


To support the testing and potential deployment of highly automated commercial vehicles (HACVs) and CMV platoon operations, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will identify baseline safety measures for HACVs and CMV platoon configurations. The Agency has previously conducted naturalistic driving studies to assess specific driver-related issues (e.g., fatigue, distraction, etc.). Further analysis of data collected during those studies and from telematic providers could inform future research efforts, including pilot tests of HACVs and platoons.


In this project, researchers will analyze and evaluate previous naturalistic driving data to determine vehicle safety performance measures that could be attributable to the action or inaction of the driver, including but not limited to: exceeding the speed limit, lane deviations, following too closely, emergency braking, emergency steering, and other discernible crash avoidance maneuvers.


Final report.



October 2017: Kick-off meeting
February 2018: Analysis of existing naturalistic driving studies complete
March 2018: Begin obtaining new data for analysis
January 2019: Data analysis complete
March 2019: Final report due


FY17 Funding: $456,673

Project Manager:

For more information, contact Jon Mueller of the Technology Division at (202) 366-9409 or


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Updated: Monday, January 8, 2018
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