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Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

Accelerating the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety

  • Posted: Thursday September 1st, 2016
  • Source: U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Topic: Vehicle
  • Sub-Topic: Intelligent Vehicle Systems


“This Policy is an important early step in that effort. We are issuing this Policy as agency
guidance rather than in a rulemaking in order to speed the delivery of an initial regulatory
framework and best practices to guide manufacturers and other entities in the safe
design, development, testing, and deployment of HAVs. In the following pages, we divide
the task of facilitating the safe introduction and deployment of HAVs into four sections:

  • Vehicle Performance Guidance for Automated Vehicles
  • Model State Policy
  • NHTSA’s Current Regulatory Tools
  • New Tools and Authorities”