The U.S. Transportation Department unveiled a new policy that permits companies developing autonomous vehicles to self-police the technology’s safety, a move that drew plaudits from automakers but criticism from safety advocates.
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the policy incorporates concerns raised by companies and others about initial guidance released by the Obama administration and will help the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration be flexible as self-driving vehicles develop.
The government doesn’t want to stand in the way of autonomous vehicles. That’s the biggest message to emerge from the Trump administration's newly updated guidelines for the nascent robo-car industry.
The fading of the tech industry’s bipartisan glow in Washington puts it at risk for tighter regulations
The days of unqualified praise from Washington are over for the country’s biggest tech companies, whose size and power are increasingly drawing attacks from both the left and the right.
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New initiative paves the way for further development, but concerns remain
In an effort to speed development of autonomous vehicle technology, the US Department of Transportation on Tuesday rolled out an initiative that would help automakers put self-driving cars on public roads more quickly.
Ann Arbor — President Donald Trump’s administration is doing away with an Obama-era policy that could have required automakers to submit safety assessments showing their self-driving cars meet 15 guidelines before placing them on public roads.
Instead, the Trump administration’s proposal says automakers “may” submit a voluntary safety self-assessment if they want to demonstrate their self-driving cars are safe. The proposal was unveiled Tuesday by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao during an appearance at the MCity test facility for autonomous vehicles in Ann Arbor.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Trump administration is updating safety guidelines for self-driving cars in an attempt to clear barriers for automakers and tech companies who want to get test vehicles on the road.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced the new voluntary guidelines Tuesday during a visit to an autonomous vehicle testing facility at the University of Michigan.
The Trump administration released new guidelines on Tuesday designed to promote the development of self-driving cars.
"Our country is on the verge of one of the most exciting and important innovations in transportation history," Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said at a press conference at the University of Michigan.
"We are motivated by the potential of automated tech to transform mobility, reshape transportation, and revolutionize safety," Chao said at a press conference at the University of Michigan.
Go for it! In essence, that’s the Trump administration’s new directive on driverless-car development.
Under that directive, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don’t have to do it.
And states are being advised to use a light regulatory hand.