Several months ago, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) proposed new guidance that provides the initial regulatory framework and best practices for highly automated vehicles and self-driving vehicle systems. These guidelines are a significant step forward from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) in leading the public, government and commercial aspects of automated transportation in the safest manner possible.
The DOT also understands that its guidance and policies will likely change quickly as methods and modes of transportation will evolve in the coming years. As such, the DOT asked the public and stakeholders to participate in the process by providing their feedback in the form of comments, insights and experience. A wide range of stakeholders participated, and Local Motors was proud to do so.
After reviewing the proposed Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, our CEO and Co-founder Jay Rogers, submitted a letter on behalf of Local Motors focused on three areas: low-speed vehicles, vehicle testing and vehicle classifications.
We’re eager to introduce highly automated vehicles onto America’s roadways. We look forward to working with all stakeholders involved to deliver safer, smarter and more sustainable mobility options for everyone.