NHTSA Paves the Way for Further Autonomous Vehicle Research on Public Roads

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued an interim final rule and request for comment on December 31, 2020, which establishes a program for manufacturers of domestically produced vehicles and equipment to become exempted from Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards for research, investigation, demonstrations or training involving nonconforming vehicles.

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U.S. D.O.T.’s NHTSA Proposes Easing Federal Safety Standards For Autonomous Vehicles

By Alyson Walker Lotman and Theresa A. Langschultz

The United States Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a notice of proposed rule-making on March 17, 2020 designed to modernize federal safety standards on autonomous vehicles. The proposed rules are intended to pave the way for the future of autonomous vehicles by amending the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). Proposed changes include allowing autonomous vehicles – specifically, those designed solely to carry property and goods – to be built without “traditional manual controls” and protective safety features meant for humans. Continue reading “U.S. D.O.T.’s NHTSA Proposes Easing Federal Safety Standards For Autonomous Vehicles”