USDOT, NHTSA release new guidance on autonomous driving systems

USDOT, NHTSA release new guidance on autonomous driving systems

The new guidelines, called "A Vision for Safety 2.0" is a call on industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates and the public to "lay the path" for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies.

The Trump administration released new guidelines on Tuesday created to promote the development of self-driving cars.

"We are motivated by the potential of automated tech to transform mobility, reshape transportation, and revolutionize safety", Chao said at a press conference at the University of MI. The new guidelines reduce that to a 12-point voluntary assessment, asking automakers to consider things like cybersecurity, crash protection, how the vehicle interacts with occupants and the backup plans if the vehicle encounters a problem.

The new guidelines made a clear statement that the builders don't require to submit to the voluntary assessments despite they are encouraged and that assessment will not have any subjected approval by the Federal. One tool that should help is a widget that lists what recommended driver assistance technologies each vehicle offers; simply type your vehicle's year, make and model into the system and it'll provide an equipment list.

The updated guidance, called "A Vision for Safety 2.0", is announced by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao during an appearance Tuesday at a test facility for self-driving cars in Ann Arbor, state of MI.

The new Trump-era guidelines augment and revise policies issued last fall by the Obama Administration. Chao told reports she feels "hard and fast" laws regarding autonomous vehicles is the wrong approach right now given the rapid pace of change with the associated technology.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao also said that, "projects that have greater innovation will get a greater share of federal dollars".

"This is a guidance document", Chao said. 94 percent of traffic collisions are caused by human driver error, according to the federal safety statistics.

"It gives us the stability and reassurance that we can deploy autonomous vehicles throughout the country", Kay Stepper, vice president for automated driving systems at German engineering firm Robert Bosch [ROBG.UL] GmbH, said.

The system also permitted the driver to use the system on a road not intended for Autopilot, NTSB officials said.

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives signed off on a proposal to prevent states from banning autonomous cars. If a company can prove it can make a safe vehicle with no steering wheel, for example, the federal government could approve that. Automakers can receive exemptions to test autonomous cars without meeting current auto safety standards in the first year, although manufacturers would be required to demonstrate certain safety capabilities.

The Senate is now considering a similar bill.

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