Is This the End of the Wild West? NHTSA Issues Autonomous Vehicle Guidelines

    View Authors September 2016

    On September 20, 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its highly anticipated guidelines for the design, manufacture, and regulation of autonomous vehicles (read the related Policy Fact Sheet). Although it recognized both the inevitability of this new technology and its potential for improving vehicle safety, personal mobility and city infrastructure, NHTSA also asserted its mandate to ensure that autonomous vehicles are introduced and deployed in a manner that protects the public. While the guidelines are focused on highly automated vehicles (HAV) – vehicles that can take full control of the driving task – some of NHTSA’s guidance may also apply to driver-assistance systems that are already on the market.

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