Coalition urges renewed safety focus for AV legislation

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If Congress tries again to regulate autonomous vehicles (AVs) next year, it should focus on ensuring that legislation has strong safety provisions to protect all road users, said a coalition of more than 55 groups on Monday.
Led by the Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (Advocates), the coalition of transportation, health and labor groups jointly released a set of “AV Tenets” to help inform federal policy. The group said national-level legislation must be subject to “comprehensive and strong” safety rules, including revised motor vehicle standards that ensure safety needs are met, and subjecting each AV to a “Vision Test” to guarantee it can operate on all roads and weather conditions with proper detection. Manufacturers would also be required to certify to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) the ability of their automated driving system to operate safely and reliably and establish safety procedures in the event of an AV crash.