Semi-autonomous, autonomous vehicles causing NHTSA to check its rules

Are NHTSA rules going to conflict with expected rise of self-driving vehicles?

Published Tue, Jul 28 2015 5:25 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is aware of growing development in self-driving vehicle technology, and wants to make sure future rollouts go smoothly.

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The NHTSA wants to be as prepared as possible, taking a look at state and federal regulation regarding autonomous vehicles. NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind understands his agency must be proactive, understanding future risks: "The first time a self-driving car hits somebody, and someone gets hurt or is fatally injured, we're going to get the phone call."

It will be years before a full self-driving car is available to drivers, but Rosekind admits "we have a lot of catch-up to do."

American drivers understand the technology is coming, though many drivers want the ability to use a steering wheel and pedals in case of emergency. Only 15 percent of users are okay with fully capable self-driving vehicles, according to a survey from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute.

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