Autonomous Cars Will Not Dominate Roadways for Decades, U.S. Regulator Says

Autonomous Cars Will Not Dominate Roadways for Decades, U.S. Regulator Says

The biggest reason, says National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Head Mark Rosekind, is that there are about 250 million cars and trucks that are more than a decade old on average still on the road.

iStock-autonomous-narvikk

According to an article in the Washington Post, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) Head Mark Rosekind said that autonomous vehicles will not dominate U.S. roadways for decades, particularly since there are about 250 million cars and trucks that are more than a decade old on average still on the road.

“For the next 20 to 30 years at least, we will likely have a mixed fleet of different levels of automation. Ubiquitous fully self-driving cars are years off,” he told a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Nov. 15th.

More than 90 percent of crashes can be tied to human choices or errors such as drunken driving or sending text messages from smartphones while behind the wheel, said Rosekind. The new semiautonomous vehicles that offer automatic emergency braking and adaptive cruise control could improve safety, but some critics are concerned that drivers will become too complacent and reliant on the technology. Rosekind said of the voluntary 15-point safety assessment, “If you want everyone to trust what you’re working on … we would think you want the most thorough, transparent public notice of what you’re doing to address safety upfront.”

Rosekind did maintain that there are concerns that automakers will take advantage of the voluntary guidelines and that additional government oversight could be necessary.

To read the full article in the Washington Post, click here.

You May Also Like

Top 5 Stories of the Week

A recap of the top five stories on bodyshopbusiness.com during the week of May 13.

When Will OEM Referrals Replace DRP Referrals?

When will insurer DRPs end and car manufacturers dictate where the car gets repaired?

Read more here.

Executive Interview: Matt Ebert, Founder and CEO of Crash Champions

Jason Stahl interviews Matt Ebert on his rise from technician to leader of a 600-plus shop network.

Association News

The latest association news appearing on bodyshopbusiness.com.

PRT Launches 59 New Complete Strut Assemblies

Extending PRT’s product portfolio in North America, the new release represents nearly 12M vehicles in new coverage.

SUN Collision to Demo 1Search Plus Technology at Regional Conferences

SUN Collision will be showcasing its collision repair technology at the Southeast Collision Conference May 16-18 and Midwest Collision Repair Conference May 31-June 1.

TechForce Foundation, SkillsUSA Partner to Solve Tech Shortage

The mutually beneficial collaboration will help students garner the skills, education and support needed to successfully develop careers as professional technicians.

Other Posts

SEMA Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Stutzman will replace George Afremow, current vice president and chief financial officer, who will retire in June after 12 years with the association.

Car ADAS Announces Opening of New Calibration Center 

Car ADAS Solutions has announced the opening of a new calibration center named ADAS Solutions in Lansing, Mich.

Transtar Announces Agreement for Axalta to Acquire The CoverFlexx Group

Axalta Coating Systems has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Transtar Holding Company’s subsidiary The CoverFlexx Group.

SUNY Morrisville Named No. 1 MCAP School in Country

The school’s Mopar Career Automotive Program students were re-crowned champions in the first-ever Mopar Career Automotive Program Bracket Challenge.