Pilot Programs to Test Self-Driving Cars in the US

Self-Driving Cars

Self-driving cars will be on fast lane in the US a pilot program said the Trump administration on Tuesday. This could allow the road-testing for limited vehicles on road. Self-driving cars involved in the program needs to have a feature to disable the vehicle from self-driving mode if it fails to drive in safe speed limit. These criterions are created by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The organization said the car owners must notify the organization within 24 hours in case of accidents.

In 2017, the US House of Representatives passed legislation to encourage the adoption of self-driving cars, but the Senate has not passed this legislation. Numerous safety promoting groups have opposed the bill and carmakers supported these groups. There is a chance that bill will be passed in 2018, believes congressmen.

NHTSA said the pilot project will be focused to find the best limit of the safe introduction of vehicles with driving automation. Real world data would help create methods to validating the safety of performance of self-driving vehicles.

Earlier, the Trump administration said that they are working to revise safety regulations for self-driving cars from the roads. Automakers must currently meet 75 standards to ensure safety, and many of them have written that license of driving that can control the vehicles in conventional human control. With these laws, the automakers can petition against an exemption for up to 2,500 vehicles for safety standards which makes them sure to safe as existing vehicles.

NHTSA said that by partnering with state and local governments, it will develop a pilot program to ensure safety.

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