DOT Slates Public Hearings on Autonomous Vehicle Safety

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The U.S. DOT announced it will hold two public hearings on “how to best integrate the safe operation of automated vehicles.”

The first event is April 8th in Washington. The date for the second hearing in California has not been announced yet.

“The feedback from these meetings will help the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration provide manufacturers with the rules of the road for how we expect automated vehicles to operate safely,” Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx wrote.

He added that NHTSA is “continuing to take other key steps to support the development of new technologies, including working with local and state leaders on model state policy so that we have some overarching safety principles nationwide, and determining what new regulatory tools and authorities may be needed to meet their safety mission in a time of rapidly changing technology.”

In addition, NHTSA has released a Volpe Center report prepared for DOT that identifies potential barriers and challenges for the certification of automated vehicles using existing Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.

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