Sunday, December 17

The U.S. Department of Transportation is investing in the Rural Autonomous Vehicle research program.

Accredited universities are eligible to apply for a total of $25 million of funding the department has made available for the six-year cooperative agreement program. The department stated, “One $15 million award will focus on passenger transportation, and a separate $10 million award will focus on movement of freight to support and enable automated freight and delivery vehicles serving rural areas.“

Transportation Research and Technology Deputy Assistant Secretary and Chief Science Officer Robert Hampshire said, “Disparities in mobility and economic development opportunities in rural and Tribal communities leave many in those underserved communities unable to get to where they need to go to meet the needs of their daily life regularly, reliably, and safely; or to get necessary goods delivered. This research will move the needle forward.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For discernment for Science Officer Hampshire as he heads the Office of Research and Technology in the Department of Transportation.
  • For Transportation Secretary Buttigieg and U.S. transportation officials as they pursue autonomous vehicle technology for rural communities.
  • For the president and members of his administration to be prudent in the policies they implement.
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