Auto industry groups lobby for federal autonomous vehicle rules as skepticism grows


Automotive industry groups want the U.S. Department of Transportation to propose federal regulations that would make it easier for vehicle manufacturers to deploy autonomous vehicles on U.S. roads, according to a Thursday letter cosigned by 18 organizations, including the Alliance for Automotive Innovation, the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association, the Consumer Technology Association and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The groups expressed support for the ADS-equipped Vehicle Safety, Transparency and Evaluation Program teased by Ann Carlson, acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the Automated Road Transportation Symposium in July.

NHTSA was supposed to publish its proposal in November, according to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, but it has not.

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