New US regulations announced for self-driving cars

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As self-driving cars and trucks begin hitting the road, the U.S. government is rolling out safety guidelines for the emerging automated market.

CCTV America’s Jim Spellman reports.

New US regulations announced for self-driving cars

New US regulations announced for self-driving cars

Regulators and the industry see self-driving cars as potentially much more safe than conventional vehicles. They are also considered more effective in reducing drunk driver accidents.

A 15-point safety assessment for self-driving cars addresses issues including vehicle design, crash avoidance and even protecting the vehicles from hackers. 

Regulators and the industry see self-driving cars as potentially much more safe than conventional vehicles.

About 35,000 people were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2015, and according to government data, nearly a third of those involved drunk drivers. Anti-drunk driving advocates have argued that self-driving cars could prevent many of those deaths.

However, recent crashes in China and the U.S. of Teslas operating in “Auto-Pilot” mode have raised concerns that manufacturers may be too eager to get their self-driving cars to market. The new policy framework aims to ensure autonomous vehicles are safe before they hit the road.