US government releases updated guidelines for self-driving cars

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT), in conjuction with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), yesterday released an updated set of voluntary guidelines for driverless cars. The document, “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision For Safety,” not only provides guidance for manufacturers, developers, and states — it also takes great pains to demonstrate the federal government’s absolute support for self-driving cars. The reason the DOT is releasing voluntary guidelines — as opposed to safety rules — is because existing laws are sufficient for the purpose of legislating driverless cars, the document states: NHTSA has broad enforcement authority to address…

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