The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released a revised set of federal guidelines for companies developing Automated Driving Systems (ADS).
A Vision for Safety: 2.0 paves the way for the safe deployment of advanced driver assistance technologies by providing voluntary guidance that encourages best practices and prioritizes safety. The framework also provides technical assistance to states as well as best practices for policymakers.
“The new guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao. “The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans.
“In addition to safety, ADS technology offers important social benefits by improving access to transportation, independence and quality of life for those who cannot drive because of illness, advanced age or disability.”
As automated technologies advance, so will the DOT’s guidance. It is intended to be flexible and to evolve as technology does.