Feds vow to clear road for self-driving car makers

SF GATE (SAN FRANCISCO), 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER SMITH:

The Trump administration has a message for the scores of companies racing to develop self-driving cars: We want to make your life easier.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao unveiled revised federal guidelines Tuesday for testing and deploying autonomous cars that she said aim to be nimble and supportive of innovation, while aligning with legislation pending in Congress. While industry praised the guidelines, consumer advocates said they were too lax and could compromise safety.

The voluntary guidelines also encourage states to play a limited regulatory role to avoid a messy patchwork of conflicting rules.

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