US company opens regulatory course of to make sure the security of self-driving automobiles By Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. auto safety regulators announced Thursday that they are initiating formal regulatory proceedings that could eventually lead to the adoption of new safety standards for autonomous vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced that it is issuing advance notice of the proposed rule creation in order to receive public contributions to ensure the safety of future self-driving vehicles. Companies like General Motors Co (NYSE :), Alphabet (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc’s Waymo, and Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc are working on self-driving vehicles.

“These rulings will help address legitimate public concerns about safety and privacy without hindering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,” said US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao in a statement.

NHTSA said the process could result in the agency issuing new guides that look at industry best practices and provide consumer information or formal regulation, including rules that require reporting and disclosure of new legally binding safety standards for automated driving systems . All of the final rules are probably years away.

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