U.S. DOT Seeks Input on Latest AV Guidelines, NHTSA Approves First AV Exemption

Date: February 11, 2020

Last week, U.S. Department of Transportation issued two key publications related to automated vehicles.

The first is the official request for comments on the DOT’s latest iteration of its guidelines on automated vehicles. The document formally known as “Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0” (AV 4.0), was announced by Secretary Chao during the 2020 CES Show in January. The Federal Register notice indicates the department is seeking comments on this document, which are due April 2.

The second is the first exemption of an automated vehicle issued by the DOT National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Announced last week, and officially published in today’s Federal Register, this action will allow for a low-speed, highly automated vehicle to operate and be exempt from the federal motor vehicle safety standards.

If you’re interested in getting involved in these issues and want to be part of MEMA’s Vehicle Safety Subcommittee, please contact Leigh Merino.

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