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US road safety agency issues policy on driverless cars

John Ribeiro | May 31, 2013
Self-driving vehicle technology is not yet ready for general use, the NHTSA said in a policy statement.

The agency said it is not aware of any systems intended for wide scale deployment currently under development for use in motor vehicles that are capable of level four automation. "As we stated previously, very few Level 3 automated systems exist and the systems that do exist are still at the earlier stages of testing/development," it said.

NHTSA also outlined its research plan to establish standards for self-driving vehicles, should the vehicles become commercially available. The first phase of this research is expected to be completed within the next four years.


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