The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy has officially been released, giving car companies a concrete list of guidelines as they move forward with automated vehicle production.
The goal of the 15 point safety assessment is to give clear direction about what is expected of future automated vehicles, while also providing enough flexibility to adapt to changes in self-driving technology. President Barack Obama penned an op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to expound upon why the government feels that automated cars are an important part of America’s future. The main reason? Safety.
“Right now, too many people die on our roads – 35,200 last year alone – with 94 percent of those the result of human error or choice. Automated vehicles have the potential to save tens of thousands of lives each year,” the President wrote. In addition, automated vehicles will allow those who cannot drive themselves to get around with less restriction and hassle. “…for too many senior citizens and Americans with disabilities, driving isn’t an option. Automated vehicles could change their lives.”
The guidelines put in place by the Department of Transportation will require self-driving automakers to “document how, where, and when the car should operate, what happens when it fails, how its object detection system works, what its testing process includes and data captured by its onboard crash sensors, cybersecurity measures included in the system and more,” according to this article published by TechCrunch.
The full guidelines can be read here.