The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) federal policy for automated vehicles. This policy is expected to make a path for the safe testing and deployment of automated vehicle technology. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx stated, “this policy is an unprecedented step by the federal government to harness the benefits of transformative technology by providing a framework for how to do it safely.”
Federal Policy on Automated Vehicle Safety
The new policy will be focused on a couple of important issues to provide a proactive approach to safety and innovation during testing and deployment of automated vehicle technology. First, vehicle performance will have a 15-point safety assessment so that manufacturers have clear expectations for development and deployment of technologies. There will also be an effort to build a consistent national framework of laws to govern self-driving cars, both at the state and national levels. Also, the new policy outlines options for the use of current federal authorities to expedite the safe introduction of highly automated vehicles into the marketplace, as well as the ability to discuss new tools and authorities necessary as the technology evolves and becomes more widely used.
Four-Point Federal Automated Vehicle Policy
- 15 Point Safety Assessment
- Model State Policy
- NHTSA’s Current Regulatory Tools
- Modern Regulatory Tools
Crash Risk and Human Error
Since 94-percent of crashes on U.S. roadways are caused by human error or choice, officials with the NHTSA are hoping that the deployment of automated vehicles will help to drastically cut down on the number of preventable injury-causing and fatal car accidents that occur nationwide each year. The impact of fully automated and semi-automated vehicles being widely deployed on roadways in California and across the nation remains to be seen.
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