Trump Administration Introduces Industry-Friendly Guidelines for Self-Driving Cars

Lloyd Doyle
September 13, 2017

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was in Michigan Tuesday to announce updated safety guidelines for self-driving vehicles.

Chao also said the Trump administration would give preference in its forthcoming infrastructure plan to projects that promise technology innovation that could improve safety or advance the deployment of autonomous vehicles.

The Trump Administration document, A Vision for Safety 2.0, does contain a few notable revisions to the voluntary guidelines issued previous year by the Obama administration.

"They are not meant to", Chao said. "This is not an enforcement document". She said it was the right approach for technology that is constantly changing, and regulators will be able to bar autonomous vehicles if they prove unsafe in the future. It's voluntary guidance, but it focuses on SAE Levels 3 through 5 automation, and it clarifies that companies don't need to wait to begin testing and deploying their automated driving systems, and streamlines the self-assessment process for companies and organizations.

The Trump administration said Tuesday it would maintain a hands-off approach to federal regulation of autonomous vehicles, even as government investigators placed some blame on Tesla Inc.'s Autopilot technology for a fatal crash previous year.

General Motors Co (GM.N) praised the revised policy for "clear, streamlined, and flexible guidance for the safe and responsible design, manufacture, and deployment of self-driving vehicles".

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