Getting Up to Speed: Department of Transportation Issues Guidelines for Autonomous Cars

by Terry Bryant

 

Dangers Automated Vehicle

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy in September 2016. Developed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the policy addresses highly automated vehicles (“HAVs”).

The policy is described as “agency guidance” designed “to speed the delivery of an initial regulatory framework and best practices to guide manufacturers and other entities in the safe design, development, testing, and deployment of HAVs.” The policy covers the following topics:

  • Vehicle Performance Guidance for Automated Vehicles
  • Model State Policy
  • NHTSA’s Current Regulatory Tools
  • New Tools and Authorities

To see the full policy, please visit Transportation.gov.