Self-Driving Cars May Soon Hit US Roads

Self-Driving Cars May Soon Hit US Roads

Total  self-driving cars may soon hit US roads under a pilot programme. Trump administration said on Tuesday it was considering, which would allow real-world road testing for a limited number of the vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a document made public Tuesday that The Self-driving cars that would be used in the program would potentially need to have technology disabling the vehicle if there is a Failure in sensor or barring vehicles from traveling above safe speeds,

NHTSA said the pilot project would seek to find “how best to foster the safe introduction of vehicles with high and full driving automation onto our nation’s roadways.”

Data Collection of Real world data would help create methods “of validating the safety performance” of self-driving vehicles and writing safety rules, it added.

Last week, the Trump administration said it was working to revise safety rules that bar fully self-driving cars from the roads without equipment such as steering wheels, pedals and mirrors.

Automakers must currently meet nearly 75 auto safety standards, many of them written with the assumption that a licensed driver would be able to control the vehicle using traditional human controls.

Under the law, automakers can petition for an exemption for up to 2,500 vehicles for vehicle safety standards as long as they are at least as safe as existing vehicles.

General Motors Co in January filed a petition seeking an exemption to use fully automated vehicles as part of a ride-sharing fleet it plans to deploy in 2019. Therefore, NHTSA said it would partner with state and local governments in developing a pilot program. NHTSA could require companies to design vehicles so they know their location and the local rules of the road, while states and cities would enforce the rules.

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