US unveils driverless cars guidelines
Guidelines for driverless cars
US unveils driverless cars guidelines:- The U.S. government will be releasing new guidelines governing the emerging technology behind the driverless cars.
Some of American companies, including Apple, Google, Ford and Uber, are also racing to create the next generation of vehicles capable of driving autonomously.
But with these driverless cars have already starting to share the road with human drivers, the regulations around the use of the technology have further lagged.
Points to be noted
The hope is that these guidelines will be unveiled later on Tuesday. And it will provide a consistent framework to further replace the current patchwork of sometimes contradictory regulations that could also vary by state.
“Possessing the potential to uproot personal mobility as we know it, to make it safer and even more ubiquitous than conventional automobiles and perhaps even more efficient, self-driving cars have become the archetype of our future transportation,” wrote Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.
President Barack Obama has also weighed in on the government’s role in further regulating driverless cars in a recent essay.
“If a self-driving car isn’t safe, we have the authority to pull it off the road,” the president wrote in an editorial for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette outlining that the policy. “We would not hesitate to protect the American public’s safety.”
Ridesharing service Uber is also currently testing driverless cars in Pittsburgh though these the cars still have a human driver on hand in any case anything goes wrong.
What president has to say?
“The quickest way to further slam the brakes on the innovation is for the public to lose confidence in the safety of new technologies,” the president wrote, adding that the government involvement in the nascent technology would help ensure safety.
The guidelines come in the form of a 15-point list in the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, which outlines how these driverless car makers test their vehicles, record crash and some other data, provide data protection for the users as well as ensuring the cars that can handle unforeseen situations.
Abiding by the guidelines is voluntary, but developers of the robot cars are expected to accept them as the lobbying group representing Uber, Ford, Google, Lyft and others welcomed the guidelines.
Next month, the White House is also hosting a summit on driverless cars to be held in Pittsburgh with the hope of hastening the deployment of the autonomous cars.