In addition, a Tesla lawsuit was filed by a woman who was reading her cell phone when the car slammed into a fire vehicle at 60 mph because she allegedly believed the car would always stop for objects.
NHTSA and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) designate automation by five levels, with Level 2 vehicles containing features that can maintain speed and lane position.
Level 3 cars can take control in some situations but will warn drivers when to take control. The technology has some automakers worried because drivers may be too distracted to quickly take control of the cars.
Finally, Level 4 driverless vehicles can take control for entire trips, and Level 5 cars will be able to accomplish the same thing without human occupants.
The Governors Highway Safety Association takes the position that states should encourage driverless car testing, but there must be regulations and oversight for those tests.
According to the report, drivers should be required to know all about the limitations and capabilities of autonomous technology, possibly through state driver education and licensing programs.