A Race Against Time: Regulators vs. Autonomous Vehicles

autonomous-carsHands-free driving, autopilot, super cruise control and even fully autonomous vehicles are slowly penetrating roads across the country. But with these new technologies comes many questions about how to regulate it.

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According to Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there is no clear line defining federal and state regulation of self-driving vehicles. Inevitably, the regulator will have a significant role in overseeing and applying the safety rules for these new technologies.

However, as of now there are very few, if any, regulations dictating the standardization or safety features that will be required in these vehicles.

Rosekind said this week that the NHTSA is reviewing federal vehicles safety guidelines to determine if they conflict with any of the developing technologies, like Google’s autonomous vehicles.

With many automakers, like Tesla Motors Inc and General Motors already planning to incorporate new hands-free driving technologies into new models, the NHTSA and other regulators have a lot of catching up to do.

Hopefully, they can develop the regulations and safety features needed before someone is seriously injured in an auto accident resulting from an autonomous-like vehicle.

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