USDOT announces new council to support emerging transportation technology

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced the creation of an internal body tasked with identifying and resolving gaps in law-making and regulation that may impede the deployment of new transportation technology, such as autonomous vehicles, tunnelling and hyperloop.

Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council at the South by Southwest conference in Austin, Texas.

“New technologies increasingly straddle more than one mode of transportation, so I’ve signed an order creating a new internal Department council to better coordinate the review of innovation that have multi-modal applications,” said Chao.

At present, USDOT consists of 11 operating administrations with jurisdiction over certain environmental and regulatory approvals. As new technologies emerge, they do not always fit into this regulatory structure, potentially hindering innovation.

USDOT said that the NETT Council would ensure these traditional silos do not impede the deployment of new technology.

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