US road safety agency issues policy on driverless cars

May 31, 2013
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Google self driving car (credit: Google)

Self-driving vehicle technology is not yet at a stage that it can be authorized for use by the public for general driving, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation recommendation to state governments, PC World reports.

If a state decides to permit operation of self-driving vehicles other than for testing, at a minimum it should require that a person licensed to drive self-driving vehicles should be seated in the driver’s seat, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a preliminary statement of policy on automated vehicles released Thursday.

A number of states including Nevada, California and Florida have permitted testing of self-driving cars, but the NHTSA does not recommend that the states attempt to establish safety standards for self-driving vehicle technologies, which are in the early stages of development. [...]

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