NHTSA targets regulations that hinder automated vehicles

As part of its effort to speed the deployment of automated vehicles, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants public comments on the regulatory barriers.

NHTSA seeks ideas on any federal barriers that are hindering the testing and certification of AVs, “particularly those that are not equipped with controls for a human driver, e.g., steering wheel, brake or accelerator pedal.” The agency is also looking for comments on the research that would be required to remove such barriers.

Similar bills to ease the release of AVs on public streets have passed the House and the Senate Commerce Committee. The bills would allow up to 80,000 AVs to be deployed on public streets without meeting NHTSA safety standards for conventional cars.Both bills also are supposed to have strong state franchise protections for dealers.

Continuing development of automated vehicles is a topic of interest to all dealers. The 2018 Washington Auto Show will host two full days of MobilityTalks International, Jan. 23-24. For more information and to buy tickets, click here.

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