NHTSA's Drive For Automated Vehicle Safety

Law360, New York (June 6, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT) -- In its "Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles," issued May 30, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) strongly recommended that states not allow operation of self-driving vehicles on public roadways except for testing purposes.

Although the primary purpose of the policy statement is to caution the states, the statement also attempts to sort through the confusion that has arisen surrounding concurrent technological developments in the automotive sector. The policy statement is the latest of several significant regulatory-related pronouncements that have issued within the past...
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