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U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

By Associated Press

March 18, 2020

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The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking comment on updated regulations meant to improve automotive passenger safety in autonomous vehicles.

The new standards would apply to vehicles that do not have manual controls such as steering wheels or brake pedals, or a driver sitting in the traditional driver's seat.

The proposal would revise requirements and test procedures, and clarify that passenger protection standards do not apply to vehicles made specifically to carry goods rather than people.

Said NHTSA’s James Owens, "We do not want regulations enacted long before the development of automated technologies to present an unintended and unnecessary barrier against innovation and improved highway safety."

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