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David Strickland will present "Autonomous Vehicles: Moving Toward a Safer and More Sustainable Tomorrow" at Development of Automated Vehicles within the Current Legal Framework on February 28, 2018.
Anticipation for highly automated vehicles has been high in Japan. In view of the expected arrival of the automated & connected driving society in 2025, the Japanese government set a goal to commercialize highly automated and connected vehicles (Level 3 and above) and include them in the services market by 2020. Public-Private ITS Initiative/Roadmaps 2017 was released last year, laying out scenarios up to the year 2025 for realizing highly automated and connected driving and focusing on preparing the regulatory system with a view to strengthening and commercializing the technologies. Based on the Initiative/Roadmaps 2017, the Japanese government is going to develop a fundamental policy for reviewing related laws by the spring of 2018. Moreover, various verification experiments and pilot projects are being conducted with a view toward societal implementation, and international cooperation and coordination have led to an effort to establish international technical standards at UN WP.29.
With this rapidly changing and highly focused legal and regulatory background in relation to automated vehicles, JITI USA plans to invite experts on the subject, from both Japan and the U.S., to discuss the progress so far (especially milestones accomplished), as well as the future path toward automated vehicles.