The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) has declared that it is the first road authority in the world to complete digitization of its local traffic rules and restrictions in two busy areas for highly automated vehicle (HAV) testing and deployment. The RTC is using INRIX AV Road Rules to assign, validate, and manage “rules of the road” for the safe and effective deployment of HAVs on public roads where vehicles will operate.

“Southern Nevada is committed to staying at the forefront of advanced transportation technology testing and development, so we’re excited to partner with INRIX on this groundbreaking project that focuses on ensuring autonomous vehicles can safely navigate our streets,” said RTC General Manager Tina Quigley. “INRIX AV Road Rules lays the foundation for piloting HAVs on public streets by facilitating access to an important dataset that road authorities are in the unique position to provide.”

INRIX AV Road Rules is designed to enable cities and road authorities to quickly and easily digitize local restrictions such as speed limits, crosswalks, school zones, and stop signs, and provide this data via an open API, allowing automakers and HAV operators to ensure vehicles comply with local guidelines.

Beginning at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the RTC has made sure HAV operators have access to ground-truth, road authority-verified traffic guidelines that will help ensure successful operation of automated driving systems on two key areas in Las Vegas: on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas and an area near the Las Vegas Convention Center, where vehicles will be operating during CES. AV Road Rules is also designed to allow cities to leverage information from HAVs to report infrastructure improvement needs like potholes, worn lane striping, or missing signage, improving safety and performance for all road users.

“Automated vehicles are poised to dramatically improve mobility around the world—making vehicle travel safer, more efficient, and higher quality,” said Avery Ash, Head of Autonomous Mobility. “Data plays a central role in the safe operation of HAVs on public roads. By leveraging INRIX AV Road Rules to digitize local traffic rules and restrictions, Southern Nevada is taking the necessary steps to ensure successful testing of HAVs.”