US Transportation Department announces new set of guidelines for self-driving cars

By : |September 13, 2017 0

US Department of Transportation has announced an updated set of guidelines for the self-driving cars. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao revealed a 36-page report at a press conference in Michigan and called it Version 2.0, with the Version 3.0 due next year.

Some states had proposed laws that would limit testing of self-driving cars to established automakers. But the new guidance report recommends against that. “Creativity and innovation are part of the great genius of our country, America,” Chao said. “It is one of America’s hallmarks, and it is envied throughout the world.” She added that it’s the responsibility of policy makers in the US to safeguard this reputation.

“Our goal is to help usher in this new era of transportation, innovation and safety, ensuring that our country remains a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology,” Chao added.

The new guidelines are designed to unify development of automation features, including full autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and to help unify industry, local, state and federal government efforts to that end.

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