On March 11th, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that they will be holding two public meetings to “gather input as it develops guidelines for the safe deployment of automated safety technology.” Anthony Foxx, the Transportation Secretary, said that the objective of these meetings is to “establish guidelines for manufacturers that clearly outline how we expect automated vehicles to function – not only safely, but more safely – on our roads.”
This plan is also paired with
- President Obama’s budget proposal for a 10-year, $3.9 billion investment in advancing autonomous vehicle technology, including large deployment pilots in communities around the country.
- Working with states to develop model state policy.
- Using NHTSA’s existing authority to interpret current regulations, and offer limited exemptions from those regulations, in pursuit of advances that could increase safety.
- Determining what new regulatory tools and authorities might be required to meet NHTSA’s safety mission in an era of rapidly changing technology.
The first of these meetings was held on April 8th where the NHTSA decided that they would continue to “incentivize the development and adoption of technologies using vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, so that Americans enjoy the full benefits of connected-vehiucle safety technology.” They are also realized that the current authorities are quickly becoming dated and insufficient to meet the challenges and benefits of automation technology. Thus it becomes crucial for the DOT and NHTSA to remain flexible to new technologies and developments since these advancements are directly tied to their mission to improve safety.
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