Self-Driving Cars Are Growing on the U.S. Department of Transportation

  • Self-Driving Cars Are Growing on the U.S. Department of Transportation

Self-Driving Cars Are Growing on the U.S. Department of Transportation

The AP reported that federal transportation officials are now rethinking their position on self-driving vehicles.

With the technology's rapid development, federal policy will be updated, agency spokeswoman Suzanne Emmerling said in a statement.

Language that the federal government is revisiting specifies that in states where the public can get access to the cars, a licensed driver should be behind the wheel.

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The announcement came when they realized the progress that Google has made with the tests they have done to their own self-driving cars, which goes beyond its campus in Mountain View, and on the streets of California and Austin, Texas.

The Associated Press cited Transportation secretary Anthony Foxx as saying: "I want the posture of our agency to be obviously vigilant on the safety front, but I don't want our agency to be skittish about innovations that are out there".

The U.S. Department of Transportation id now willing to revise the legislation in place concerning self-diving cars after having had a cautious approach to the new technology in the beginning and only approving test-drives in specially prepared areas for the vehicles.

Several states, including California have started working on state regulations related to self-driving cars.

"Any robot auto must be equipped so a human driver can take control when necessary".

It's unclear what the new policy will be, though the tone of the statement signaled that Foxx is interested in endorsing the technology.

Self driving cars are on the rise with major automakers like Mercedes Benz, Volvo and BMW and non-automakers like Google venturing into the new age technology.

The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog has been advocating restraint. Federal authorities must "not succumb to corporate pressure to move so fast that our safety on the highways is compromised". For example, in states like California, Nevada, Florida and MI have already passed bills that permit and regulate the use of fully automated vehicles with autonomous driving.

Once the technology is deemed safe, many kinds of self-driving cars will be riding on the roads soon, but there should be some new rules and regulations for road safety and traffic.

But that patent also describes some more aggressive ways of making the cars' intentions known to those walking.