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Feds Outline Plan to Regulate Self-Driving Cars

The policy includes a voluntary 15-point “safety assessment” for automakers developing and testing driverless cars as well as model state regulations expected to address areas in which local agencies will have more discretion, such as liability standards.

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Property Casualty 360 reported that on Sept. 20th, the Obama administration rolled out new policies governing autonomous vehicles that give the federal government a lead role in developing safety, testing and road-ready rules for the fast-growing industry.

The long-awaited policy, outlined broadly by federal officials in a press briefing Sept. 19th, includes a voluntary 15-point “safety assessment” for automakers developing and testing driverless cars as well as model state regulations expected to address areas in which local agencies will have more discretion, such as liability standards.

The new policy, based on officials’ descriptions, would appear to supersede many of the testing and operational regulations already drafted by California and a handful of other states.

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