The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS). The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register and is currently available via PDF.
“This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security, and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao.
According to a recent press release, NHTSA and others have identified elements of a framework necessary for objectively defining and assessing the competence of automated driving systems. This ANPRM seeks public comment on these elements and how they could most appropriately form a framework. NHTSA states that such a framework will help increase the safety of future vehicles while also ushering in more innovation.
“ADS technologies are different from more conventional automotive equipment, and it is necessary and appropriate to consider how ADS standards can and should be articulated,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The framework of principles would objectively define, assess, and manage the safety of ADS, while ensuring the flexibility to enable further innovation. NHTSA seeks feedback on the approaches described in the ANPRM.”