The U.S. Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released new federal guidance for Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0. This is the latest guidance for automated driving systems to industry and states. (Read the voluntary guidelines.)

A statement says that the guidance builds on previous policy and incorporates feedback from public comments and congressional hearings.

The voluntary guidance is intended to:

  • Focus on SAE International Levels of Automation 3-5—Automated Driving Systems (ADSs—Conditional, High and Full Automation);
  • Clarify the guidance process and that entities do not need to wait to test or deploy their ADSs;
  • Revise unnecessary design elements from the safety self-assessment;
  • Align federal guidance with the latest developments and industry terminology;
  • Clarify federal and state roles.
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