The U.S. Department of Transportation has released the first federal guidelines for the testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles, proposing new regulatory authority and outlining a 15-point “safety assessment” process aimed at ensuring safety compliance.
The policy’s goal, according to the Department of Transportation, is to “bring lifesaving technologies to the roads safely while providing innovators the space they need to develop new solutions.” Though the focus is primarily on self-driving vehicles, some of the guidelines also apply to lower levels of automation, including advanced driver-assistance systems already on the market.
Most of the provisions go into effect immediately, but U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx stressed during a press conference that the new policy represents a framework that “leaves room for more growth and changes in the future.” He characterized the policy as a “living document” that will be updated annually. The department will also continue to accept public input during a 60-day period. Click here to read more.