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NIST advances technology and develops standards to support the next generation of aerospace, automotive, and rail transport. NIST programs supporting transportation include automotive lightweighting, automated vehicles, smart cities and communities, and more.

Transportation Topics

The Research

Projects & Programs

Fundamentals of Deformation

This project provides new measurement methods, property data and simulations for areas critical to US manufacturing, describing the mechanisms responsible for

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

X-ray Stress Measurement

Using X-ray diffraction techniques one can measure the full stress tensor just inside the surface of a sheet metal specimen under applied load. For experiments

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

NIST Researcher Engages Automotive Stakeholders at SAE World Congress Experience (WCX) 2024

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

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