Connected Vehicles (CV) and Automated Vehicles (AV)

Connected Vehicles (CV) and Automated Vehicles (AV) present a number of potential challenges and opportunities to emergency response and public safety. There is a need to educate local transportation and public safety agencies on the operations of CV/AV, and to support interactions between public safety emergency responders, transportation agencies, and vehicle manufacturers to identify potential response risks and opportunities of automation. Connected vehicle technology focuses on increasing safety through interoperable wireless communication between vehicles, with the infrastructure, and with other devices. Automated vehicle technology includes five levels of automated operational characteristics, with fully autonomous vehicles being a Level 5. Although connected and automated vehicles are separate technologies, they are developing in parallel and present some similar challenges and opportunities to transportation and public safety agencies.