NHTSA Head Defends Agency's Readiness For Driverless Cars

Law360, New York (May 15, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT) -- The head of the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration insisted Wednesday that the agency had the staffing and expertise necessary to regulate driverless cars and other burgeoning automobile technology, after a Democratic lawmaker questioned its readiness.

Sen. John Rockefeller IV, D-W.Va., who is the chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, asked NHTSA Administrator David Strickland in a hearing on new car technologies how equipped the agency was to investigate electronic issues.

Automakers and other companies are developing technology that relies on advanced...
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