AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation will create a Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) Task Force to become a central point for CAV advancement in Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott announced. The task force is designed to be a one-stop resource for information and coordination on all ongoing CAV projects, investments and initiatives in Texas.
In addition to documenting public and private entity efforts and facilitating partnerships, the CAV Task Force will host industry forums and report lessons learned to facilitate progress and encourage greater collaboration.
“With our world-class universities, top-notch workforce and startup culture, Texas is a national leader in the development of new technologies,” Abbott said. “As transportation technology advances, the CAV Task Force will ensure that the Lone Star State remains at the forefront of innovation.”
The task force will continue to enable companies to pursue innovative ideas around CAV technology in a business-friendly way that has been the calling card for Texas in this space and others over time. It will also build on legislation passed by the 85th Legislature related to how connected and autonomous vehicles can operate in the Lone Star State, according to the announcement.
“Our goal is to further build on the momentum already established with the Texas Technology Task Force and the Texas Innovation Alliance, and work with interested parties on the latest and greatest in CAV projects and enhancements,” Bass said. “We look forward to furthering these important efforts as connected and autonomous vehicles become reality.”