US agency lets self-driving shuttle resume carrying people

A self-driving shuttle service that was ordered to stop carrying passengers in February has been cleared to resume operations with new safety precautions.

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told France-based EasyMile to halt passenger operations on low-speed shuttles in 16 U.S. cities after a mysterious braking problem occurred Feb. 20 in Columbus, Ohio.

In a statement this week, the safety agency said it approved EasyMile’s return-to-service plan. The agency said EasyMile developed six corrective actions that are sufficient to reduce the safety risk of a sudden stop. NHTSA also will review corrective plans for importers that hold permits to run each individual shuttle.