U.S. DOT: How To Encourage Autonomous Vehicles, Safely

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have issued new voluntary guidance for autonomous vehicles, “A Vision for Safety 2.0.” Its purpose is to support key stakeholders, including local governments, with automated vehicle testing and deployment.

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From the Overview:

Ninety-four percent of serious motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are due to dangerous choices or errors people make on the road. … Every year, more than 30,000 Americans die in motor vehicle-related crashes. Vehicle automation, in its initial stages, is already saving lives and preventing injuries. NHTSA is committed to advancing this technology due to its potential to eliminate motor vehicle-related deaths on America’s roads and to deliver additional benefits to society.

From the DOT press release:

A Vision for Safety 2.0 calls for industry, state and local governments, safety and mobility advocates and the public to lay the path for the deployment of automated vehicles and technologies.

A Vision for Safety 2.0 builds on the previous policy and incorporates feedback received through public comments and Congressional hearings. 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 document also provides technical assistance to States and best practices for policymakers.

For NACo’s coverage on this, click here. For information on Maryland activity concerning automated vehicles, visit MVA’s website. Or, read MACo’s prior coverage on automated vehicles.