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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently issued a press release about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) new federal guidance for driverless automobile technology. The new guidance is called the Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. With the technological landscape continually expanding and newly automated advancements being integrated into automobile manufacturing, this updated guidance hopes to address a variety of potential safety issues before they arise.

Deployment of Automated Vehicles

Automated vehicles are being touted as the answer to the increase in traffic crash injuries and fatalities across the nation. Human error is the top factor in nearly all preventable injury crashes and fatal crashes. That being said, driverless technology is still being developed, and many safety concerns still need to be taken into account. The new safety guidance calls for industry, federal, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates and the public to help set a path for the safe deployment of automated vehicles and technologies. Listed below are some of the new items that were added to the recent safety guidance.

New Voluntary Guidance Material

  • Focuses on SAE International Levels of Automation 3-5 – Automated Driving Systems (ADSs) – Conditional, High, and Full Automation);
  • Clarifies the guidance process and those entities do not need to wait to test or deploy their ADSs;
  • Revises unnecessary design elements from the safety self-assessment;
  • Aligns Federal Guidance with the latest developments and industry terminology;
  • Clarifies Federal and State roles going forward.

Technological Advances and Deployment of Automated Vehicles

The potential deployment of self-driving vehicles on roadways in California and across the nations is promising. At this time, the NHTSA has stated that they’re already working on a third version of the Automated Driving Systems safety guidance with the U.S. DOT. As the technology evolves, additional safety concerns and questions may be raised. Deployment of automated and driverless vehicles has to be done safely and thoughtfully in order to protect public safety.

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