Friday, 19 October 2018 23:10

Autonomous Vehicles May Hit U.S. Roads Under Pilot Project

Written by Mario L. Major, Interesting Engineering
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Another positive development is a U.S. DOT-supported effort to simplify the legal frameworks surrounding autonomous vehicles. The U.S. DOT provided an 80-page document titled "Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0.”


“The safe integration of automated vehicle technology into our transportation system will increase productivity, facilitate freight movement and create new types of jobs,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.


The goal of the program is to (1) provide a framework for communication between industry and the U.S. DOT, (2) identify in greater clarity any existing policy issues and (3) create a blueprint of multi-modal safety that incorporates autonomous vehicles.


The agency also makes clear its commitment to overhauling the language it uses in order to create standards that take into account the new technological reality of autonomous vehicles: "U.S. DOT will modernize or eliminate outdated regulations that unnecessarily impede the development of automated vehicles or that do not address critical safety needs. Whenever possible, the department will support the development of voluntary, consensus-based technical standards and approaches that are flexible and adaptable over time."


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