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Today, CEI was joined by R Street Institute and TechFreedom in comments submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on the recently released Federal Automated Vehicles Policy (FAVP) guidance document. CEI’s initial response to the FAVP can be found here. The comment letter is here.
The guidance document sets forth best practices and discusses various issues related to deployment of vehicle automation systems. Much of the FAVP is either positive or benign. However, there are several troubling aspects and areas in need of clarification, which we address in detail. These include:
October 19, 2016public workshop on its latest draft deployment...
September 20, 2016
Earlier today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its long-awaited Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. An op-ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette under President Obama’s name touted the nonbinding guidance document spouting platitudes and throwing out the obligatory rah-rah-regulation trope that largely characterizes his administration:
There are always those who argue that government should stay out of free enterprise entirely, but I think most Americans would agree we still need rules to keep our air and water clean, and our food and medicine...
August 28, 2016
Twenty-three organizations representing highway users, transportation, vehicle, and energy trade associations filed joint comments last weekend opposing any proposal by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) to impose greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets on state transportation departments and metropolitan planning organizations.
The groups are responding to an FHWA proposed rule requesting public comment on “whether and how to establish a CO2 emissions measure in the final rule.” FHWA invokes the Paris Climate Treaty, its goal of limiting global temperature increases to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” and its exhortation to industrial countries to...
August 18, 2016
It was just announced that Uber will soon begin piloting its automated vehicle prototype in Pittsburgh—with passengers. This is not the first automated vehicle passenger pilot, but it is the first passenger pilot involving highway vehicles. Previous pilots have used low-speed, geographically restricted automated shuttles, such as those conducted under the auspices of Europe’s CityMobil2.
Automated vehicle developers from Google to Delphi have been engaged in extensive public road testing. Low-level automation technology has been deployed to consumers in recent years, the most advanced consumer technology deployment being...
August 8, 2016
August 8, 2016Rent seeking” occurs when companies secure government benefits for actions that do not otherwise create wealth.
An example of rent seeking is California’s subsidy program for zero emissions vehicles (ZEVs)—primarily electric vehicles. Under the state’s ZEV credit program, automakers that...
July 28, 2016
I recently attended the annual Automated Vehicle Symposium in San Francisco. More than 1,000 attendees from around the world from industry, academia, government, and NGOs came together to meet and discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by automated vehicle technology.
In addition to the personal mobility benefits of robocars—think Google’s Self-Driving Car project—they promise to greatly improve safety, as driver error is the critical factor in 94 percent of crashes. This means technology that reduces human involvement—and thus human error—in the operation of a vehicle has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives in the United States per year. And one...