Is Federal Regulation Necessary for the Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles in the United States?
Autonomous vehicle developers, such as GM and Waymo, have submitted comments to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that encourage the agency to establish new guidelines for autonomous vehicles that lack a steering wheel and gas/brake pedals. NHTSA asked automotive manufacturers and other autonomous vehicle technology companies to submit comments regarding changing regulations to include specific framework for AVs. In their comments, several commenters encouraged new rules for vehicles without a traditional steering wheel or brake and gas pedals. Host Zach Adams, litigator Jon Feczko, and transactional lawyer Tod Northman discuss whether the absence of federal government regulation is delaying development. Jon and Zach suggest that we wait for public support for AV increases; Tod believes that NHTSA’s continuing current work to promulgate regulation is critical.View More
Karol, Thomas, National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Comment to NHTSA Rulemaking, July 29, 2019 (MX-5070V_20190729_065141).
Karol, Tom, Validating Safety: The Next Phase in Developing Automated Driving Systems, NAMIC Advocacy, May 2018.
McEachern, Sam, GM Encourages NHTSA To Set New Safety Standards For AVs Without Controls.
National Highway Transportation Safety Board, Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Removing Regulatory Barriers for Vehicles With Automated Driving Systems
Show Notes, filed May 23, 2019.
1:20 First impressions of request for comment to proposed rulemaking
2:10 Considering the immediacy of NHTSA’s rulemaking
4:27 Will public sentiment impact rule making?
6:50 Role of comments in educating legislators and rulemakers
9:23 Distinguishing between legislation and rulemaking
11:49 Does autonomous vehicle development depend on NHTSA promulgating new rules?
21:45 Critiquing the safety case for autonomous vehicles