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Appendix 3: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA)

FMCSA Input to the DOT response to White House’s 10/28/2011 Memorandum: Accelerating Technology Transfer and Commercialization of Federal Research in Support of High Growth Businesses

Introduction

The mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce highway crashes involving large trucks and intercity buses.  Through the Agency’s research, development, and technology program, it facilitates the accelerated transfer of innovative technologies and solutions to improve the safety of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operations.  FMCSA’s technology transfer activities produce data, analyses, technical performance specifications, final reports and briefings made available to industry stakeholders, truck and bus manufacturers, safety technology suppliers and developers, research institutions, and the general public to foster and encourage improving CMV safety.

Research to Support Rulemaking

FMCSA performs transformative research focusing on risk factors and safety technologies that inform FMCSA’s programs and priorities, and ultimately supports deployment of those technologies.  The Agency accomplishes this by expanding research on CMV driver risk factors to support rulemaking and to promote a safety and wellness culture in the CMV industry. Research areas include CMV distracted driving, driver fatigue, inattention, and other driver conditions and impairments that support rulemaking and promote health, wellness, and safety culture in motor carriers.

No.

Milestone

Evaluation Method

Timeline

1

Initiate research activities to support rulemaking that addresses the application of technology to improve driver and vehicle safety.

Establish baseline for the number of studies initiated annually and measure trends over time.

Annual assessment of the number of published studies.

Improved Commercial Motor Vehicle Enforcement Capabilities

The development and adaptation of wireless communication technologies has the potential to increase the efficiency of roadside truck inspection processes and to reduce administrative burdens. Research in this area will facilitate the adoption of technologies that facilitate inspections and increase the effectiveness of enforcement efforts.   

No.

Milestone

Evaluation Method

Timeline

2

Initiate research activities that facilitate the adoption of advanced CMV enforcement technology to improve driver and vehicle safety.

Establish baseline for the number of studies initiated annually and measure trends over time.

Annual assessment of the number of published studies.

Deployment of Safety Technologies by Fleets

FMCSA will accelerate the deployment of onboard safety technologies by promoting the benefits to fleets and insurance carriers through the testing and evaluation of next generation safety systems in partnership with technology providers and other USDOT agencies. Further, FMCSA will identify, test, and deploy smart roadside technologies in partnership with State CMV safety agencies and other Federal agencies.

No.

Milestone

Evaluation Method

Timeline

3

Deployment and adoption of advanced safety systems by commercial vehicle operators

Establish market penetration baseline and measure trends over time.

Annual assessment and monitoring of safety technology adoption.

Commercial Vehicle Information Systems and Networks (CVISN) as a Technology Transfer Tool

As authorized by MAP-21, the FMCSA provides CVISN deployment grant funds to advance technological capability and promote the deployment of intelligent transportation systems applications for commercial vehicle operations, including commercial vehicle, commercial driver, and carrier-specific information systems and networks. The CVISN grants to states support deployment and evaluation of advanced technologies in the following areas:

  • Safety Information Exchange - technologies to facilitate the collection, distribution, and retrieval of historical and real-time commercial vehicle information at the roadside.

  • Electronic Credential Administration - systems for electronic submission, processing, approval, invoicing, payment, and issuance of commercial vehicle credentials and special permits.

  • Electronic Screening – systems which allow transponder-equipped commercial vehicles that maintain good safety and legal status to bypass some roadside inspection and weigh stations.

No.

Milestone

Evaluation Method

Timeline

4

Electronic Screening
Deployment of electronic screening equipment.

Measure trends over time using approved metrics and compare to baseline:
39 states

Annually assess status for remaining states.

5

Electronic Credential Administration 
Automated processing of license information and data exchange with clearinghouse.

Measure trends over time using approved metrics and compare to baseline:
35 states

Annually assess status for remaining states.

6

Safety Information Exchange Connectivity with Agency systems to share vehicle inspection data.

Measure trends over time using approved metrics and compare to baseline:
33 states

Annually assess status for remaining states.