NHTSA Pushes Guidelines for Self-driving Cars, Touts Safety

August 5, 2016

You knew this was coming: National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA) administrator Mark Rosekind has said that since early versions of autonomous vehicles have arrived, there's a need for the government to work as fast as possible to develop guidelines for the new technology.

The guidelines may be completed in mere months. They are intended to help set standards for automakers trapidly developing and deploying new technology. The NHTSA's thought is to put together guidelines now, rather than adopting regulations that could take years for approval.

As reported in the Detroit Free Press, Rosekind said, "When the safety act was written, (Congress) just had no idea of the kind of technology we have today and how fast it is changing," he said. The NHTSA administrator believes that self-driving technology has tremendous potential to reduce traffic fatalities largely caused by driver error.

Source: Detroit Free Press