Old Standards Holding Back Auto Safety Advancement

Law360, New York (January 9, 2018, 7:03 AM EST) -- Federal regulators' failure to routinely update motor vehicle standards to keep up with technological advancements and industry best practices hampers the deployment of safer driving technology, including automated or self-driving cars, according to a report released Tuesday.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit public policy organization, says Congress does not, but should, require updates to the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards when new so-called voluntary consensus standards are put out by private organizations that have historically developed and recommended safety and design standards for the automotive industry. Those organizations include the Society of Automotive Engineers, the American National Standards...

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