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Potential development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety

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 Potential development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety


The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is seeking public comment on the potential development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety.

This comments are due no later than February 1, 2021.

 The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19 and is available online


While no ADS-equipped vehicle is available for sale to the public today and widescale deployment of ADS-equipped vehicles is likely years away, NHTSA and others have identified elements of a framework necessary for objectively defining and assessing ADS competence.

The framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety would objectively define, assess, and manage the safety of ADS performance while ensuring the needed flexibility to enable further innovation.

The Agency is seeking to draw upon existing Federal and non-Federal foundational efforts and tools in structuring the framework as ADS continue to develop.


As already mentioned, the NHTSA seeks specific feedback on key components that can meet the need for motor vehicle safety while enabling innovative designs, in a manner consistent with agency authorities.



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