Department of Transportation Releases New Self-Driving Vehicle Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) recently released new guidelines for automated driving systems. The guidelines are designed to unify development of automation features, including full autonomy and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and to help unify industry, local, state and federal government efforts to that end.

In its presentation of the new guidelines, the DOT cited that 94 percent of serious motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. are due to human error. The DOT said its goal is to help usher in a new era of transportation, innovation and safety, ensuring that the country remains a global leader in autonomous vehicle technology. The new guidelines are considered version 2.0 of a federal policy on self-driving cars, and will continue to evolve.