US DOT releases new automated driving guidance

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today released new federal guidance for automated vehicle technologies – Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0.

The guidance, aimed at laying the path for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies, builds on the DOT’s previous policy and incorporates feedback received through public comments and Congressional hearings.

Announcing the new guidance, US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said: “The new Guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services.

“The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans.”

The announcement follows last week’s passing of the SELF DRIVE Act – aimed at ensuring the safe and innovative development, testing and deployment of self-driving cars – by the US House of Representatives.

“The House took strong, bipartisan action to pass the SELF DRIVE Act and pave the way for self-driving cars and advanced collision avoidance technologies,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta in a joint statement following the DOT’s announcement.

“We are pleased that Secretary Chao shares our commitment to safety, innovation, and ensuring America is a leader in this growing industry. We urge the Senate to act so we can quickly get self-driving vehicle legislation to the president’s desk and signed into law.”