Chao Says Revised Fed Guidelines on Self-Driving Cars Are Coming

The Trump administration is working to rewrite regulations that present hurdles to autonomous vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Sunday.
In remarks prepared for delivery at the Detroit Auto Show, Chao said coming revised guidelines would consider more than self-driving cars but include “barriers to the safe integration of autonomous technology for motor carriers, transit, trucks, infrastructure and other modes.”…
“A key part of DOT’s mission is to cultivate and encourage innovation in safety by eliminating unnecessary obstacles to the development and integration of new technology. Our approach will be tech neutral and flexible—not top-down, or command and control,” she said.
In addition, Chao stressed the administration’s concern that rural needs are addressed along with urban. “We hear a lot about Smart Cities. And that’s great, but not everyone lives downtown,” said Chao.