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U.S. DOT Will ‘No Longer Assume’ Commercial Drivers Are Human

(Emily Birnbaum – The Hill)

The Transportation Department (DOT) on Thursday announced it will “no longer assume” commercial drivers are human, paving the way for a greater number of automated vehicles to hit the road.

In a new set of guidelines, the department said it will change federal standards to “accommodate automated vehicle technologies.” Those adaptations will relax safety standards that have kept carmakers from publicly releasing their driverless automobiles, according to multiple reports.

Today’s federal guidelines pose several obstacles that prevent automated cars from being produced en masse. The DOT’s latest announcement signals it is increasingly willing to shift authority over safety guidelines from the government to the companies that are producing the cars, The Washington Post reported. Click here to read more.