US DoT and NHTSA unveil new guidance for automated driving systems


The US Department of Transportation (DoT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) have released new federal guidance for states and industries engaged in the development of automated driving systems (ADS). 

The new guidance 'A Vision for Safety 2.0' builds on the previous policy, as well as includes feedback received from the public. 

US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said: "The new guidance supports further development of this important new technology, which has the potential to change the way we travel and how we deliver goods and services.

"The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans." 

The guidance will provide a new platform for implementing advanced driver assistance technologies by providing voluntary guidance that encourages best practices and prioritising safety. 

"The safe deployment of automated vehicle technologies means we can look forward to a future with fewer traffic fatalities and increased mobility for all Americans."

It also offers technical assistance to states, as well as best practices for policymakers. 

Chao further added: "In addition to safety, ADS technology offers important social benefits by improving access to transportation, independence and quality of life for those who cannot drive because of illness, advanced age or disability."

The federal guidance will focus on the international levels of automation three to five set by the SAE and provides clear information on the guidance process.

It also revises unnecessary design elements from safety self-assessment.

The federal guidance also aligns with the latest developments and industry terminology and clarifies Federal and State roles going forward.