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U.S. Government Gets on Board With Self-Driving Car Technology

posted: 01/14/16
by: Danny Clemens
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Over the next decade, the U.S. Department of Transportation hopes to spend nearly $4 billion to get self-driving cars onto the road, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced on Thursday.

The influx of cash is part of a multifaceted approach that includes collaboration with government agencies, the automotive industry and other stakeholders to "provide the foundation and the path forward" for self-driving vehicles, Foxx explained in a news release.

In the next six months, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will work to develop safety guidelines to shape the forthcoming decade of technological innovation. The automotive industry will be encouraged to participate in that process, which will shape federal policy and provide a benchmark upon which states will craft their own regulations.

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Additionally, NHTSA will have the authority to approve the two-year deployment of 2,500 self-driving vehicles to test new safety features.

"NHTSA is using all of its available tools to accelerate the deployment of technologies that can eliminate 94 percent of fatal crashes involving human error," NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind remarked.

"We will work with state partners toward creating a consistent national policy on these innovations, provide options now and into the future for manufacturers seeking to deploy autonomous vehicles, and keep our safety mission paramount at every stage."

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