The Verge is reporting that the United States is looking to rewrite safety rules so that new kinds of driverless vehicles can be permitted onto public roads.
Under the current rules, a motor vehicle needs to have traditional vehicle controls – such as a steering wheel, brake and acceleration pedals etc. – so as to be allowed to operate on a public road.
In a recent 80-age ‘Automated Vehicles 3.0’ proposal are made to update the voluntary guidelines for the development and rollout of autonomous vehicles, by reconsidering the necessity of certain safety standards that are currently applied to autonomous vehicles. This would allows the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles without traditional driver controls such as a steering wheel, for example.