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NIST supports the automotive industry through a variety of programs and activities. For example, measurement science and standards are needed to support the safe and predictable operation of future automated vehicles (AVs). To help meet these needs, the NIST Automated Vehicles program addresses system performance and measurement methods for AV sensors/perception, AV communications, artificial intelligence, and cybersecurity. The program currently is developing a systems-level interaction testbed to help address AV systems measurement and integration challenges.

In addition, the NIST Center for Automotive Lightweighting develops next-generation mechanical and physical measurement tools and produces accurate data and models to support incorporation of lightweight materials in vehicles. NIST has also supported the development of additive manufacturing, a key enabler of new manufacturing methods.

The Research

Projects & Programs

Automated Vehicles and AV Communications

Automated vehicles (AVs) will significantly impact our daily lives and improve the competitiveness of our economy. Advances in communications capabilities – for

Automotive Lightweighting

Our objective is to support the efforts of the US automotive industry and its suppliers to incorporate advanced lightweight materials for improving fuel economy

NIST Automated Vehicles Program

Building on a successful first-year Strategic and Emerging Research Initiatives (SERI) project NIST and Autonomous Vehicles (see 2022 NIST AV workshop and

Additional Resources Links


Cruising Toward Self-Driving Cars: Standards and Testing Will Help Keep Autonomous Vehicles Moving Safely on the Road

NIST and its partners in government and industry are working toward replicating the vital aspects of human driving and building a supporting infrastructure.

NIST Publishes Automated Vehicles Workshop Report

SAE Establishes Exploratory Working Group to Develop Automated Vehicles ‘Usage’ Concept

NIST Automated Vehicles Team Visits Virginia Tech Transportation Institute to Discuss Collaborative Efforts