On September 19, 2016, the U.S. Government issued the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, marking a significant milestone in the progress of autonomous vehicles. Although this is a guidance document and does not contain official regulations, it is the first federal involvement in the United States. The federal government recognizes that the automation of vehicles has the potential to increase safety, improve mobility, save energy, and reduce pollution. Therefore, the U.S. Department of Transportation has set a goal to accelerate the revolution of highly automated vehicles (HAV). This is another example of a crucial step to overcoming red tape, as I discussed in my post about Moving autonomous driving into the fast lane.
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