U.S. Department of Transportation Extends Safety Pilot Model Deployment for Six Months. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration will extend testing of Connected Vehicle technology at the site of the Safety Pilot Model Deployment in Ann Arbor, Mich., for a period of six months. Additional tests will allow for further examination of the technology on motorcycles and Vehicle to Infrastructure (V2I) applications, and will help inform the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) decision on heavy vehicles in 2014. During the past year, the test examined the use of connected vehicle technology in light vehicles, including driver acceptance, safety benefits, and overall system reliability and performance. This extension will not impact the timing of NHTSA’s decision for light vehicles, slated for the end of 2013. Contact: Nancy Wilochka, 202-366-5128.
FMCSA Establishes New Unified Registration System for DOT Operating Authority. The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has published a final rule that will combine 16 different forms that carriers, freight forwarders and brokers currently use to register and update their information with the agency into a single, electronic “smart form.” The new Unified Registration System will increase efficiency by streamlining the registration process for industry and enabling FMCSA to maintain more accurate information on the entities it regulates. The streamlined web-based system will begin operating in 2015. At that time, all new applications and updates to existing records will be handled through the new system. Contact: Marissa Padilla (202) 366-9999.
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