Monday, June 17, 2013

Feds to study self-driving cars, urge state caution

This very topic came up at a recent Colorado Teen Driving Alliance meeting. It will be interesting to see what NHTSA finds in their study. We promise to keep you posted as we learn more!

Feds to study self-driving cars, urge state cautionUSA Today, May 30, 2014

The move toward self-driving cars is picking up speed quickly enough that federal safety officials are telling states not to license such cars except for testing, and say that companies making them will have to be especially vigilant and uniform in such testing. It was a rare move by NHTSA, which is in charge of overall auto safety but doesn't like to take steps that might appear to cross swords with states over jurisdiction. The NHTSA statement says that "America is at a historic turning point for automotive travel" and cited the "enormous safety potential" of heavily automated cars. It announced a four-year study of automated vehicle systems to prepare for regulation and to make recommendations for state laws. Despite the attention, there are no real-world automated cars yet. A few with self-driving capability are being tested in states that permit them — only California, Nevada and Florida, though others are considering it. To see the full article, go