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Report: Transportation Dept Unveils New Policy on Self-Driving Cars

acquisition policyThe Transportation Department has released a new policy that seeks to help automakers and technology firms ensure the safety of self-driving vehicles, USA Today reported Tuesday.

Marco della Cava writes DOT will consider new authorities that would restrict the deployment of experimental automated vehicles and release a model for state policies on self-driving cars in an effort to establish a national framework of rules for such vehicles.

The department will also require car manufacturers and other entities to complete a 15-point safety evaluation report on self-driving cars, according to the report.

The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy states that the safety assessment should be submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s office of the chief counsel and should cover data sharing and recording, system safety, privacy, vehicle cybersecurity, consumer education and training, registration and certification as well as operational design domain, among other areas.

The report added that DOT will seek public input on the new policy over a 60-day period and plan to update the regulations on an annual basis.

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