STATES CHRONICLE – Self-driving cars might be getting more attention from federal officials as it would seem that the recent developments taking place in the industry could be prompting some new policies concerning how self-driving cars are being regulated. This might have to do with the constant development that is being done in the field and with the fact that, within a short frame of time, these vehicles have become more reliable and better engineered.
The Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has announced recently that revisions will be made and applied to the policies regulating self-driving vehicles in the United States. The revision of the policies in place at the moment should happen throughout the course of the following weeks.
With the new efforts being made to regulate the production and use of self-driving vehicles, it would seem that the massive research and development efforts that companies have put into prototypes might finally pay off. Lately the efforts to test the functionality and reliability of these vehicles have intensified and companies like Google have expanded their testing programs and technology.
In fact, Google has also started to take its self-driving car on the road, so to speak, as the company has started performing driving tests with the vehicle outside the confines of its complex and out into circulated streets as well.
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. The Department did not authorize the self-driving cars for use when it came to the general public but that might change soon.
Most of the regulations that are in place or that are being drafted in order to regulate the use of self-driving vehicles have been compiled mostly on a state level and differ from place to place. For example, in states like California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan have already passed bills that permit and regulate the use of fully automated vehicles with autonomous driving.
The Department of Transportation has made the decision to revise the policies concerning self-driving vehicles in order to make them available to the general public safely. Several companies producing versions of autonomous driving vehicles have been making increased efforts to make these products available to larger interested consumer markets which are anxiously waiting for the regulations to be defined so that they can legally purchase the product.
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