Autonomous Vehicles: USDOT Issues New Policy on Development and Deployment of Automated Vehicle Technologies

On Tuesday, September 20th, the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) released a new policy designed to expedite the development and deployment of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies in the United States while protecting public safety. The new policy applies to the full array of AVs, ranging from driver assisted to wholly autonomous technologies. Although the policy pertains to automobiles, a number of aspects of the new policy are likely relevant to autonomous technologies developed or used in other modes of transportation. The Department will accept comment for 60 days.

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