In September 2019, MassDOT released an updated version of the Application to Test Automated Driving Systems on Public Ways in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. An automated driving system is defined by SAE International as SAE Level 3 to SAE Level 5.
An application package consists of three documents, to be completed by any company or other entity which would like to operate an automated driving system (ADS) on public roads:
- Application to Test
- Testing Plan
- Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)
For purposes of such testing on public roads in the Commonwealth per Executive Order No. 572, the MassDOT is designated the lead agency. Only approval issued by MassDOT will authorize testing of ADS-equipped vehicles on public ways. MassDOT will review and approve or deny any Application and any motor vehicle, driver or ADS testing proposal. MassDOT may also address any other issues, requests or controversies that arise in the course of testing or review. If MassDOT approves an Application, Testing Plan, and MOA, it will issue a letter of approval to test ADS-equipped vehicles.