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New Revised Guidelines by the US Department of Transportation for Self-Driving Cars

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After the life threatening accidents that took place cause of the self-driving vehicles, the Department of Transportation releases new guidelines.

Today Elaine Chao, the secretary of the U.S. Depart of Transportation released the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and DoT’s new rules for automated driving machines. This is the 2.0 version of the federal policy on self-operating cars, and Chao also added saying it’s a “living document” with already plans set for version 3.0 that’s to arrive next year, 2018. It will be kept updated and that the team is already working on the third version with new guidance, as she spoke on Michigan.

The guidelines are known as “A Vision for Safety 2.0”, says Chao where she reflects its importance by addressing about the rising rate of current major accidents in the U.S. She cited specifically by saying that the life killing accidents that took place include 94% of serious accidents in the U.S. are due to human errors as per stat that led to the new guidelines in today’s event.

The new guidelines are set to unify the development of the features of automated vehicles, with an inclusion of “advanced driver assistance system” or ADAS and full autonomy, and also in helping to unify industry, state, local, and federal government efforts meeting the end. The guidance is voluntary, but it focuses on levels 3 of SAE through the 5 automation, and it also specifies that the companies don’t require waiting for deploying and testing their automated driving vehicles, and streamlines the process of self-assessment for organizations and companies.

Further, Chao added by saying that “ADS” offers technology with more importance to social benefits by accessing more improvements to transportation, quality, and independence of life for the ones who cannot drive for themselves due to disability or age, or any illness.

The existing difference between the one released Tuesday and the previous year’s version is it is of slimmed extent and scale, as per reports of Forbes. For an example, the new guidelines have a 15 point safety assessment tailored that was proposed last year.

The new guidelines made a clear statement that the builders don’t require to submit to the voluntary assessments despite they are encouraged and that assessment will not have any subjected approval by the Federal.