USDOT issues federal policy for safe testing and deployment of automated vehicles

The USDOT is issuing a Federal Automated Vehicle Policy for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies. The primary focus of the policy is on highly automated vehicles, or those in which the vehicle can take full control of the driving task in at least some circumstances. Portions of the policy also apply to lower levels of automation.

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is issuing Federal policy for automated vehicles, laying a path for the safe testing and deployment of new auto technologies that they claim have enormous potential for improving safety and mobility for Americans on the road.

The Federal Automated Vehicle Policy released today is a product of public input and stakeholder discussions, including two open public meetings this year and an open public docket for comments. The primary focus of the policy is on highly automated vehicles, or those in which the vehicle can take full control of the driving task in at least some circumstances. Portions of the policy also apply to lower levels of automation, including some of the driver-assistance systems already being deployed by automakers today.

The policy sets a proactive approach to providing safety assurance and facilitating innovation through four key parts. Vehicle performance guidance uses a 15-point Safety Assessment to set clear expectations for manufacturers developing and deploying automated vehicle technologies. Model state policy delineates the Federal and State roles for the regulation of highly automated vehicle technologies as part of an effort to build a consistent national framework of laws to govern self-driving vehicles. Finally, the policy outlines options for the further use of current federal authorities to expedite the safe introduction of highly automated vehicles into the marketplace, as well as discusses new tools and authorities the federal government may need as the technology evolves and is deployed more widely

The full policy and additional materials can be found at www.transportation.gov/AV.

 


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