U.S. updates self-driving car guidelines as more hit the road

LAS VEGAS SUN, 12 SEPTEMBER 2017, FEAT. PROF. BRYANT WALKER-SMITH:

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled updated safety guidelines for self-driving cars aimed at clearing barriers for automakers and tech companies wanting to get test vehicles on the road.

The new voluntary guidelines announced by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao update policies issued last fall by the Obama administration, which were also largely voluntary.

Chao emphasized that the guidelines aren’t meant to force automakers to use certain technology or meet stringent requirements. Instead, they’re designed to clarify what vehicle developers and states should consider as more test cars reach public roads.

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