Trump administration details self-driving r&d guidelines

President Donald Trump’s administration unveiled streamlined self-driving vehicle guidelines at the University of Michigan’s autonomous testing operration Tuesday morning, eliminating requirements for automakers to seek regulatory approval before launching autonomous technologies.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao delivered an overview of the revised Federal Autonomous Vehicle Policy, titled “A Vision for Safety: 2.0,” during the press event.
The policy suggests states defer safety or performance rules to federal regulators, and recommends that states instead focus on issues such as licensing and registration, liability and insurance.
“This advanced, updated guidance clarifies and incorporates many of the concerns we subsequently heard from stakeholders and users,” she said. “As the technology advances, and the department gathers new and more information, we will continue to refine and update this document.”
Chao said the department is already working on another version of the document, Vision 3.0, to be released next year.
The new policy aims to make department regulations “more nimble” in order to “match the pace of private sector innovation, ” according to the the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The new document, updated with recent terminology and technological developments, such as operating guidance for vehicles with Level 3 or above autonomous driving systems, revises “unnecessary” design elements from the safety self-assessment, the department said in a statement.
The policy does not impose any new barriers or reporting requirements, and reduces suggested best practices for automakers testing autonomous technologies.
The former regulations, a 116-page document issued by the Obama administration in September 2016, charged automakers to voluntarily submit details of self-driving vehicle systems in a 15-point “safety assessment” and urging states to defer to the federal government on most vehicle regulations.
Chao also took a moment to acknowledge those in the South who took the brunt of hurricanes the last two weeks.
“I have mobilized the men and women of the Department of Transportation to help restore the transportation systems damaged by Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey as well,” she said.
The event comes nearly a week after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a proposal to expedite the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and ban states from putting the brakes on autonomous vehicles.
Last Wednesday, the House voted unanimously on a bill to clear legal obstacles that could discourage automakers and technology companies from putting self-driving cars into broader use.
The proposed SELF-DRIVE Act would permit as many as 100,000 autonomous test cars annually for companies working on autonomous vehicles.
The bipartisan bill requires automakers provide regulators with safety assessments of their systems, but does not require federal approval to put autonomous cars on the road.
Tuesday’s event also featured demonstrations of autonomous vehicle testing, for which MCity partners with more than 70 companies across sectors, including automakers, and top-tier suppliers, insurance companies, and internet service providers.
Navya displayed the Arma Shuttle, the completely autonomous buses slated to ferry students around the University of Michigan in late fall.
Editions of the vehicle will follow university roads with public access, scanning the road with a camera as well as lidar and radar technologies.
“Safety is a crucial thing to this vehicle,” an MCity spokesman said. “The vehicle is very cautious — some would say overly cautious.”
Fuente: Automotive News