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NHTSA Seeking Comments on Automated Driving Systems

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is releasing new voluntary guidance on automated driving systems: Automated Driving Systems: A Vision for Safety. The guidance is based on public comments received on the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (FAVP) released in September 2016. The agency invites public comment on the voluntary guidance and additional ways to improve its usefulness.

The guidance is designed to support industry innovators, states and other key stakeholders as they consider and design best practices relative to the testing and deployment of automated vehicle technologies, while informing and educating the public and improving roadway safety. 

According to NHTSA, the guidance is an important part of DOT's multi-modal efforts to support the introduction of automation technologies that hold the promise of fulfilling NHTSA's mission of reducing the number of injuries and fatalities on the roads. As an update to FAVP, the voluntary guidance serves as NHTSA's current operating guidance for automated driving systems (ADSs, SAE International Automation Levels 3-5). NHTSA will continue to revise and refine the guidance to reflect ongoing public input, experience, research and innovation, and will address significant comments in preparing future iterations of the guidance.

The agency is accepting comments until Nov. 14, 2017. When submitting comments in the federal rulemaking portal, refer to the docket number [NHTSA-2017-0082] and follow the instruction on the site.

 

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