Stakeholder Meeting: FMVSS Considerations for Automated Driving Systems

The Volume 2 report has recently been published by NHTSA and is available here: FMVSS Considerations for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems: Volume 2. The Volume 1 report is available here: FMVSS Considerations for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems: Volume 1. The work is ongoing and future reports will be posted when available.

Meeting Objectives

  • Provide the Research Team with input related to FMVSS technical translations and test procedures.
  • Identify potential regulatory barriers for self-certification and compliance verification of innovative new vehicle designs precipitated by Automated Driving Systems (ADSs).

We will discuss project progress and gather feedback on technical translation developments to date.


November 28 - 29, 2018


U.S. Department of Transportation
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
Presentations from the November 2018 meeting can be found here!

Please email with any questions.


Wednesday, November 28

8:00 AM

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9:00 AM

Welcoming Remarks
  • Opening Remarks: Lori Summers, Interim Director, Office of Vehicle Crash Avoidance and Electronic Controls Research, NHTSA
  • Project Remarks: Ellen Lee, Human Injury Research Division, NHTSA
  • Project Overview and Scope: Myra Blanco, Director, Center for Public Policy, Partnerships, and Outreach, VTTI

9:25 AM

FMVSS Project Update
  • Presenters – Crash Avoidance: Michelle Chaka, Program Director, VTTI; Loren Stowe, Sr. Research Associate, VTTI
  • Presenters – Crashworthiness/Occupant Protection: Warren Hardy, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering and VT Director, The Virginia Tech-Wake Forest Center for Injury Biomechanics (VT-CIB); Josh McNeil, Research Associate, VT-CIB

10:35 AM


10:50 AM

Analysis of Regulatory Information Communicated in an ADS-DV
  • Presenter: Michelle Chaka
  • Presenter: Lawrence Smythe, Principal Engineer, Human Factors Engineering, Nissan Technical Center North America

11:20 AM

ADS-DV Testing Perspectives
  • Moderator: Myra Blanco
  • Panelists: Shaun Kildare, Research Director, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety; Anne Marie Lewis, Director of Safety and Technology Policy, Auto Alliance; Douglas Campbell, President, Automotive Safety Council; Paul Scullion, Senior Manager, Vehicle Safety and Connected Automation, Global Automakers; Alex Epstein, Director, Transportation Safety, National Safety Council

12:15 PM

Lunch Break

1:30 - 2:15 PM

100-series Breakout: FMVSS Nos. 108, 110, 111, 126 – Translation Updates
  • Moderator: Michelle Chaka
  • Presenters – Translation Updates: Loren Stowe; Kevin Kefauver, Project Director, Virginia Tech and The Global Center for Automotive Performance Simulation; Luke Neurauter, Group Leader, Connected & Advanced Vehicle Systems, VTTI

1:30 - 2:30 PM

200-series Breakout: FMVSS No. 208 – Rear Seat Testing
  • Moderator and Presenter: Warren Hardy
  • Presenter – Testing Overview: Andrew Kemper, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech and Lab Director, VT-CIB
  • Presenter – Modeling Overview: Costin Untaroiu, Associate Professor, Virginia Tech and VT-CIB

2:30 - 4:15 PM

100-Series Breakout: Test Procedure Overview
  • Moderator: Loren Stowe
  • Presenter – Vehicle Based Test Methods: Loren Stowe
  • Presenters – Non-vehicle Based Test Methods: Michelle Chaka, Kevin Kefauver

2:45 - 3:15 PM

200-series Breakout: Seating Location Selection
  • Moderator and Presenter: Warren Hardy

4:30 - 5:30 PM

100 Series Breakout: Test Method Evaluation Assessment
  • Moderators: Loren Stowe, Michelle Chaka, and Kevin Kefauver
  • Panelists: Gurunath Vemulakonda, Principal Engineer, Automotive Safety Office: Advanced Rulemaking and Strategy, Ford Motor Company David Liu, Manager, Regulatory Safety Affairs, Honda; Michael Plotzke, Senior Regulatory Engineer, General Motors; Barbara Wendling, Principal Engineer – Automated Driving, Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America; Andrew Christensen, Sr. Manager, Nissan Technical Center North America

3:30 - 5:30 PM

200-series Breakout: Novel Seating Configurations
  • Moderator and Presenter: Warren Hardy
  • Panelists: Joseph Kanianthra, President, Active Safety Engineering LLC; Priya Prasad, Auto Alliance; Douglas Stein, Global Test Director, Autoliv, Inc.; Kurt Driscoll, Validation Engineer, Safety & Regulations, Faurecia Automotive Seating; Amanda Prescott, Head of Homologation, Zoox Inc.

5:30 PM


Thursday, November 29

8:00 AM

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9:00 AM

  • Opening Remarks: Myra Blanco
  • Presenters – Crash Avoidance Debrief: Michelle Chaka, Loren Stowe
  • Presenter – Crashworthiness and Occupant Protection Debrief: Warren Hardy

10:15 AM


10:30 AM

  • Next Steps: Myra Blanco
  • Closing Remarks: Lori Summers

12:00 PM