Coalition calls for increased federal regulation of AVs

A coalition of more than two dozen signatories has sent a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao requesting increased national oversight of autonomous vehicles (AVs). Signatories include leaders of the Vision Zero Network, American Public Health Association, Consumer Federation of America and National Center for Bicycling & Walking.
The group requests that the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), its agency with oversight, issue minimum performance standards for AVs, provide the public with information about AVs’ abilities and limitations and strictly enforce the current legal measures that require the auto industry to report problems with AVs.
The letter accuses USDOT and NHTSA of being “detached spectators instead of engaged safety regulators during one of the most crucial and critical times in the history of automobiles.”