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FOSA Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan Comments 03222021
Topic: Public Policy Files
Owner: FOSA Staff
Date: 2021-03-22

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association ("FOSA") appreciates the opportunity to submit comments to the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), on the document, Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan (Comprehensive Plan).

[Docket No. DOT-OST-2021-0005; FR Doc. 2021-01115 Filed 1-19-21].

Founded in 2017, the Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA) is a non-profit organization to educate industry, government, and the public on the benefits of fiber optic sensing technologies that enhance public safety, promote the security of critical facilities and infrastructure and protect the environment. Our members include organizations that manufacture, install, test, evaluate, support, and use fiber optic sensing systems and equipment.[i]

FOSA commends the DOT for its forward-thinking identification of the necessary steps required for working towards the safe and full integration of Automated Driving Systems (ADS) into the surface transportation system.  Appropriately the Comprehensive Plan establishes Departmental goals related to ADS, identifies actions to meet those goals, and provides real-world examples of how these Departmental actions relate to emerging ADS applications. We welcome the opportunity to participate in and contribute to this conversation.

FOSA recommends the DOT establish and maintain metrics tracking the availability of "fiber enabled" interstate roadway. Future-proofing our nation's highways involves placing fiber optic cables along roads when the opportunity presents itself to do so economically.   This will significantly lower future infrastructure upgrade costs.  Among other benefits, it will support the build-out of 5G wireless networks due to the need for much higher antenna density and drive the installation of more additional broadband enabling fiber optic cables. FOSA further recommends that DOT track in a publicly available format the availability and location of "fiber enabled" interstate roadway.   Such a forward-looking approach is a natural extension of DOT's existing "Dig Once" initiatives. 
Please see attached document for full comments

Download File   FOSA Automated Vehicles Comprehensive Plan Comments 032221 .pdf