Federal Safety Regulations May Block Adoption of Fully Autonomous Cars

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Existing regulations in the U.S. pose a number of barriers to widespread adoption of vehicles with autonomous technology. The agency overseeing traffic safety said that cars and trucks must allow human to take control. Manufacturers are not allowed to push the envelope by designing cars that have no traditional brake pedals and steering wheels. U.S. laws currently block entirely autonomous technology, but there are initiatives to speed up the adoption of autonomous technology in cars. The car manufacturers will need to follow specific operational guidance to help speed up the deployment and operation of vehicles.

There are studies that look at existing federal safety standards for motor vehicles. These laws may impede the introduction of cars with autonomous technology, if manufacturers don’t comply with standard regulations. There are also state laws that govern technical aspects, driver qualifications and others. Pilot programs will be launched across the country, so all involved parties can test these cars. Manufacturers may also need to work with states to develop new laws that better accommodate the new technology.

Federal regulations may also need to be evaluated. A number of forums will be used to gather public inputs related to this issue, one in California and another in Washington. Proponents of the technology say that it is a revolution in the automotive industry that can potentially save many lives by preventing traffic accidents. President Barack Obama also has a plan to pledge $3.9 billion over the next 10 years, on the development of autonomous vehicle technology. Reliable automated safety features is expected to reduce roadways deaths.

Written by Zezom.com News Staff.

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