Source: ArsTechnica
 – September 13th, 2017


The document asks self-driving car makers to consider 12 big questions as they develop self-driving cars. These include what environments the vehicle can operate safely in (freeways, residential streets, rural roads), how vehicles can safely recover from errors (for example, by pulling over to the side of the road), how to validate vehicle safety (for example, with simulation and track testing), and how to ensure cybersecurity.
Manufacturers would have to submit a “safety assessment certification” that lays out how they expect to deal with these issues, as well as data demonstrating that the vehicles can operate safely. Yet the manufacturers would still have a lot of discretion to decide how to define and measure these factors. And federal regulators would not have the authority to block deployment of self-driving vehicles based on the contents of these certifications.
“Instead of focusing on safety and ensuring car makers are properly testing these vehicles, the administration chose to cave to industry and pressure states into not acting,” wrote Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) in a comment e-mailed to Ars. The pair urged Congress to pass legislation beefing up safety standards for self-driving vehicles.