Car News

Self-Driving Cars: Transportation Secretary Chao Announces New Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Rogue S
New 2018 Nissan Rogue
MSRP $27,595
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Rogue S
New 2018 Nissan Rogue
MSRP $27,595
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum
New 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
MSRP $45,755
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Armada 4WD Platinum
New 2018 Nissan Armada
MSRP $64,020
RELATED READING
See all Nissan articles
RESEARCH BY MAKE
Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs
Acura cars, trucks and SUVs Alfa Romeo cars, trucks and SUVs AMC cars, trucks and SUVs Aston Martin cars, trucks and SUVs Audi cars, trucks and SUVs Bentley cars, trucks and SUVs BMW cars, trucks and SUVs Bugatti cars, trucks and SUVs Buick cars, trucks and SUVs Cadillac cars, trucks and SUVs Chevrolet cars, trucks and SUVs Chrysler cars, trucks and SUVs Daewoo cars, trucks and SUVs Datsun cars, trucks and SUVs DeLorean cars, trucks and SUVs Dodge cars, trucks and SUVs Eagle cars, trucks and SUVs Ferrari cars, trucks and SUVs FIAT cars, trucks and SUVs Fisker cars, trucks and SUVs Ford cars, trucks and SUVs Freightliner cars, trucks and SUVs Genesis cars, trucks and SUVs Geo cars, trucks and SUVs GMC cars, trucks and SUVs Honda cars, trucks and SUVs HUMMER cars, trucks and SUVs Hyundai cars, trucks and SUVs INFINITI cars, trucks and SUVs Isuzu cars, trucks and SUVs Jaguar cars, trucks and SUVs Jeep cars, trucks and SUVs Kia cars, trucks and SUVs Lamborghini cars, trucks and SUVs Land Rover cars, trucks and SUVs Lexus cars, trucks and SUVs Lincoln cars, trucks and SUVs Lotus cars, trucks and SUVs Maserati cars, trucks and SUVs Maybach cars, trucks and SUVs Mazda cars, trucks and SUVs McLaren cars, trucks and SUVs Mercedes-Benz cars, trucks and SUVs Mercury cars, trucks and SUVs MINI cars, trucks and SUVs Mitsubishi cars, trucks and SUVs Nissan cars, trucks and SUVs Oldsmobile cars, trucks and SUVs Plymouth cars, trucks and SUVs Pontiac cars, trucks and SUVs Porsche cars, trucks and SUVs RAM cars, trucks and SUVs Rolls-Royce cars, trucks and SUVs Saab cars, trucks and SUVs Saturn cars, trucks and SUVs Scion cars, trucks and SUVs smart cars, trucks and SUVs SRT cars, trucks and SUVs Subaru cars, trucks and SUVs Suzuki cars, trucks and SUVs Tesla cars, trucks and SUVs Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs Volkswagen cars, trucks and SUVs Volvo cars, trucks and SUVs Yugo cars, trucks and SUVs
RESEARCH BY STYLE
AWD/4WD
Commercial
Convertible
Coupe
Hatchback
Hybrid/Electric
Luxury
Sedan
SUV/Crossover
Truck
Van/Minivan
Wagon

author photo by Russ Heaps November 2017

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently announced through DOT head Elaine L. Chao revised guidelines for the deployment and testing of self-driving cars. This is the second version of guidelines released by the Obama administration in the Fall of 2016. Always intended to be periodically updated, these guidelines set the tone for the regulation of those creating and testing autonomous vehicles (AVs).

Referred to as "A Vision for Safety 2.0," it's primarily concerned with separating the roles to be played by the federal government versus the states in establishing the rules AV developers must follow in testing self-driving technologies on public roads. That is, an attempt to create a national approach to the issue rather than have a hodgepodge of rules established by separate states.

The original guidelines proposed huge federal oversight involving reams of paperwork and multiple approvals throughout the process of developing and testing autonomous technologies. Version 2.0 streamlines and simplifies the process for AV developers.

Focusing on the "SAE International Levels of Automation 3-5 — Automated Driving Systems (ADS)," meaning the levels of Conditional, High and Full Automation, Vision 2.0 clarifies the guidance process, relieving AV developers from waiting for regulator approval to test and deploy AV technology. It eliminates unnecessary design elements from the safety self-assessment, and aligns federal guidance with the latest developments and industry terminology. Finally, it clarifies federal and state roles going forward.

Vision 2.0 also prevents states from favoring established carmakers over newer innovators in developing and testing AVs.

We can expect further revision of these guidelines as technology for self-driving cars pushes forward. DOT and NHTSA are already working on Vision 3.0.

RELATED INVENTORY
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Rogue S
New 2018 Nissan Rogue
MSRP $27,595
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Rogue S
New 2018 Nissan Rogue
MSRP $27,595
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum
New 2018 Nissan Pathfinder
MSRP $45,755
Saving this vehicle to yourMy Autotrader account
Are you sure you want to delete?
New 2018 Nissan Armada 4WD Platinum
New 2018 Nissan Armada
MSRP $64,020
This image is a stock photo and is not an exact representation of any vehicle offered for sale. Advertised vehicles of this model may have styling, trim levels, colors and optional equipment that differ from the stock photo.
Self-Driving Cars: Transportation Secretary Chao Announces New Guidelines for Autonomous Vehicles - Autotrader