Auto Safety

Consumer and Safety Groups Call on DOT to Issue Minimum Performance Standards for Autonomous Vehicles

In a letter to Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao, safety and consumer groups are calling on the Department of Transportation (DOT) to encourage and oversee the development and deployment of life changing and lifesaving motor vehicle technologies by issuing minimum performance standards instead of “voluntary guidelines,” providing consumers with essential information on the capabilities and limitations of autonomous vehicles (AVs), and rigorously enforcing current legal mandates for industry to immediately report problems. Regardless of Congressional activity on AVs, DOT’s obligation to carry out its mission of ensuring a safe transportation system must be met.

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