NHTSA issues new report on self-driving car manufacturer responsibilities

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Tamales
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NHTSA issues new report on self-driving car manufacturer responsibilities

Post by Tamales » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:07 pm

NHTSA's new guidelines: https://www.nhtsa.gov/sites/nhtsa.dot.g ... 9a_tag.pdf
(spoiler alert: purely voluntary)

Curiously, a Google news search only brings up the positive stories. Plenty of those types of coverage available. But you have to dig a bit deeper for critical reviews:

New Federal Robot Car Guidelines Threaten Highway Safety, Consumer Watchdog Warns
http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrel ... hdog-warns

“It’s a roadmap that allows manufacturers to do whatever they want, wherever and whenever they want, turning our roads into private laboratories for robot cars with no regard for our safety.”

New federal automated vehicle guidance ‘a clear step backward’ for consumer safety
https://consumersunion.org/news/new-fed ... er-safety/

"Instead of bolstering NHTSA’s ability to receive crucial safety data from companies—which the agency needs to determine which systems might place consumers at risk and to identify defects before people get hurt—the guidance minimizes the information companies are asked to give the agency. It also tries to sideline state and local authorities from playing a role in highway safety that is entirely appropriate."

Also note that the privacy and ethical considerations for autonomous car development were stripped out for NHTSA's 2.0 version, and reduced to a footnote saying "NHTSA acknowledges that Privacy and Ethical Considerations are also important elements for entities to deliberate."
So, roughly the same standard Equifax is held to.

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Re: NHTSA issues new report on self-driving car manufacturer responsibilities

Post by Uncle Pennybags » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:18 pm

Sounds political so I will not comment a government department.

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Re: NHTSA issues new report on self-driving car manufacturer responsibilities

Post by Tamales » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:22 pm

This is the final guidance, not a proposal. If you drive on public roads, or are considering a new vehicle purchase, it affects you.
There's no reason it has to be a political discussion. Just stay away from commenting on any perceived political motivation for this outcome, and focus on the actual outcome.

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Re: NHTSA issues new report on self-driving car manufacturer responsibilities

Post by Uncle Pennybags » Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:44 pm

Tamales wrote:
Tue Sep 12, 2017 11:22 pm
Just stay away from commenting on any perceived political motivation for this outcome, and focus on the actual outcome.
Less regulation is good for business.

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