US Regulators to Allow Autonomous Vehicle Manufacturers to Self-Regulate
USA- Manufacturers making autonomous vehicles will continue to regulate themselves when it comes to safety standards, according to MYNEWS13.COM. In a move that is being criticized by the National Traffic Safety Board, the Trump Administration released recommendations for regulating autonomous vehicles that will rely heavily on the manufacturer's own safety standards. This week, the Transportation Secretary gave a speech regarding the new guidelines and promoted them as a way to encourage technological development in the field.*
Safety advocates are claiming that the standards are prioritizing the industry over lives. The Transportation Secretary says that safety is the first priority, but that the government is looking to protect efficiency in the market, intellectual property rights, and to facilitate innovation as well.
A representative for the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety called the new regulations, titled AV 4.0, a regurgitation of the standards that already existed and which failed to hold autonomous vehicle manufacturers accountable for their products. Critics say that the administration is failing to set even minimum standards. Regulations can encourage the industry to do better and to work to surpass safety standards.
Companies that are working to create self-driving vehicles have the option to submit self-evaluations detailing their safety efforts. Thus far, only 16 of the 80 or so companies working in this area have chosen to submit such reports.
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