The opening view is an overview map and provides a visual display of testing locations that have been reported to NHTSA as part of this web pilot. This tool does not represent all testing activity throughout the United States – only what our initial set of participants have provided.
Users may zoom in and out on the map.
What Visitors Will See
Each red dot represents a location where a company has reported testing or demonstrating ADS. Larger dots indicate a company that has reported a higher number of vehicles being tested at that location. Each dot is clickable, and detailed information about testing at that location will appear in a popup box. In some cases, two testing locations are close to one another and red dots may overlap. If that happens, “1 of X” (X=number of testing locations) will appear at the top of the popup box; use the arrows to click between the details of the different testing locations.
Each popup box, accessed by clicking on a red dot, contains information about testing at the specific location. As stated above, some popup boxes may give the option to click between more than one location in the area, but the content of each popup box is specific to the location shown.
The information in the popup box is presented by data elements. These data elements may vary based on testing location. Companies can choose which elements in a set of data elements they submit to NHTSA during this initiative, since AV TEST is a voluntary program. The following are testing location data elements from which companies can choose to submit data.
Operation Status: Describes whether the testing location has testing activities that are currently active (where the public may encounter vehicles), temporarily inactive, or completed. If active, additional information on whether testing is happening along a specific route or within a zone may appear.
Activity: Describes how the vehicle is being used during the testing. Examples may include: limited demonstration, longer duration testing activity, or commercial use.
Vehicle: Describes the type of vehicle being used at the testing location. Examples may include: a passenger car, SUV, light or heavy truck, bus, shuttle or delivery robot. Make and model of the vehicle may also appear.
Number of Vehicles (approx.): Provides the approximate number of vehicles being tested at a testing location.
Top Operational Speed: Provides the maximum speed (mph) for the testing vehicle in use at the location.
Road: Describes the type of road on which the testing vehicle is operating. Examples may include: public or private road, testing track, highway, rural road, business campus or at a university.
Safety Driver: Describes how the vehicle is monitored for safe operation and how operation can be taken over in emergency. This can include an in-vehicle human driver or remote monitoring. The role of the safety driver will vary with operation.
Use: Describes the manner of use of the testing vehicles and, subsequently, the public’s potential interaction. Examples may include: for public use, providing a transportation or delivery service, or vehicles that are being tested by employees.
AV Technology by: Provides the company designing and developing the ADS equipped on the vehicle tested at a location.
Vehicle Manufacturer: Provides the manufacturer of the vehicle used in testing. This may be different from the company that is designing or developing the ADS.
Site Coordinator: Provides the name of the entity primarily responsible for testing at a location. This entity can be different from the company that designed the AV technology or the vehicle manufacturer.
Site Operator: Provides the name of the entity responsible for the Safety Driver and physical operation of the testing vehicle. This entity can be different from the Site Coordinator.
Routes or zone view
Companies have the option to draw a specific route where testing is happening, or highlight a zone where they are testing. If a route or zone was submitted, it will appear when zooming into a location.
Routes: Drawn with a blue line.
Zones: Highlighted with a transparent red shape.
A route or zone is only associated with one testing location. But, because some testing locations are in close proximity, routes and zones may appear as though they are associated with multiple locations. Additional information about whether it’s a zone or route testing location can be found in the popup box, under Operation Status. Visitors can also Filter by Company in the top right of the map to filter out other testing locations within view.
Road and Vehicle Type charts
There are two charts provided within the Testing Locations section. The first chart titled Testing Sites by Road Type provides the number of testing locations based on the different road types. The second chart titled Testing Sites by Vehicle Type provides the number of testing locations operating with the various vehicle types. The bars in the chart are interactive; click any of the gold bars and the location map will display testing locations corresponding to the selection. These charts will adjust automatically as zooming in or filtering.
Filter by State or Company
In the bar above the location map, visitors can filter the map display by a particular state or company. Once a selection is made, the map and corresponding charts will automatically adjust to display red dots for locations based on the selection. To turn off these filters, choose Select All.