Automated automobiles are in the news more and more lately. From Tesla’s first fatal accident to Otto’s first beer delivery by a self-driving semi-truck, the future of automated vehicles seems to be upon us.
In response to this new reality, the US Department of Transportation has released its first guidelines for driverless vehicles. The guidelines address safety standards for autonomous vehicles and clarified how current regulations may be applied to self-driven cars. The guidelines addressed issues such as:
Bryan Thomas, a representative of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), remarked about the new guidelines, “We left some areas intentionally vague because we wanted to outline the areas that need to be addressed and leave the rest to innovators.”
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