AV Regulations: Feds Ready to Get Their Claws Back?
On October 4, 2018, the U.S. Department of Transportation released the long-awaited “Autonomous Vehicles 3.0: Preparing for the Future of Transportation” guidelines—otherwise known as AV 3.0.
These guidelines (https://www.nhtsa.gov/press-releases/us-department-transportation-releases-preparing-future-transportation-automated) build upon the voluntary guidance issued in the DOT’s 2017 “Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety” and incorporate comments from autonomy stakeholders that include auto manufacturers, suppliers, state and local governments and infrastructure owners and operators.
These federal guidelines create a conceptual challenge, as they remind states of the limits of their power while being—controversially—non-binding on automotive manufacturers and suppliers.
Potentially restrictive, yet simultaneously optional. How can the industry navigate this recent DOT release?