Self-Driving Car Advocates: Feds Should Be Setting Safety Rules, Not Individual States

Self-Driving Car Advocates: Feds Should Be Setting Safety Rules, Not Individual States

The chief architect of Google’s autonomous car program explained during an April 27th forum that state agencies may not have the technological know-how to assess the rapidly evolving technology.

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USA Today reported that Chris Urmson, the chief architect of Google’s seven-year-old autonomous car program, has delivered a clear message to federal administrators on safety and regulations for self-driving cars.

Urmson explained during an April 27th Stanford University forum organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that federal auto safety and standards regulators should set rules governing self-driving cars – not state agencies that may not have the technological know-how to assess the rapidly evolving technology.

Urmson told those at the meeting that his company has watched “15 states propose bespoke laws over the last 12 months, all of which have different scope and different definitions. Vehicle safety standards are not the expertise of the states, and expecting them to take on this role will only lead to inconsistent safety requirements.”

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