On September 12, 2023, NIST held the first of several listening sessions designed to chart a path towards standardizing critical and emerging technologies, in partnership with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office at its Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office in Detroit. This NIST-USPTO Business Technical Roundtable is part of stakeholder outreach by NIST and other federal agencies to support development of an implementation strategy for the U.S. National Standards Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technology (USSCET). This event focused on automated and connected transportation and infrastructure, including stakeholder input on broad standardization priorities and perspectives on investment, participation, workforce, and integrity and inclusivity needs. Dr. Laurie Locascio, NIST Director and Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology, and other key officials welcomed attendees and provided opening remarks, followed by an executive roundtable on challenges for infrastructure and transportation standards, moderated by ANSI’s Mary Saunders, and an executive roundtable on technical challenges for electrified, automated, and connected transportation, moderated by NIST’s Ed Griffor, of the Smart Connected Systems Division.
The critical and emerging technologies targeted by USSCET have the potential to benefit and protect us in our daily lives, and they are built on a consensus standards-based foundation for trusted adoption. A common path to develop standards begins by identifying ways to specify and measure the performance of a technology, using our experience to help determine what performance levels are desirable and consistent with our ethical and societal values. Critical and Emerging Technologies (CET) such as artificial intelligence, advanced communication technologies, multi-sector automation, and smart cities are anticipated to be critical to our security and prosperity, but they are currently being developed, and so there has not been as much time as desired to assess their capabilities and gain experience using them.
These emerging standards and technical challenges in automated and connected transportation were addressed in the second executive roundtable, which was organized and moderated by Ed Griffor. Topics discussed in this session included:
A transcript of this event is planned to be posted on its website.