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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) continues to be active in investigating potential safety-related defects and noncompliances with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). As the deployment of advanced vehicle technologies continues to accelerate, NHTSA has also been increasing its enforcement capacity, while looking for ways to encourage innovation in this area. NHTSA has taken—and likely will continue to take—a wait-and-see approach to autonomous vehicles, leveraging its research capacities and conducting industry outreach to…
Introduction The closing years of the Obama administration saw a whirlwind of regulatory activity from NHTSA, including multiple consent orders, record penalties, and soaring recall numbers. The more aggressive enforcement posture, hailed as the “New Normal,” has largely remained in place as the Trump administration has been slow to bring in new political leadership to the agency. Although the Trump administration’s regulatory philosophy is still unclear, the future direction of the agency is beginning to…
Last year ended with historic tax reform legislation being signed into law following weeks of legislative ups and downs. But as we witnessed thousands of people descend upon the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during January, we are reminded of an entirely different legislative area in need of congressional attention: self-driving cars.…
Last year ended with historic tax reform legislation being signed into law following weeks of legislative ups and downs. But as we witnessed thousands of people descend upon the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and the North American International Auto Show in Detroit during January, we are reminded of an entirely different legislative area in need of congressional attention: self-driving cars.…
As the race to deploy highly autonomous vehicles continues, the promise of a more ubiquitous presence of autonomous vehicles has led to a patchwork of regulations as states attempt to prepare for the inevitability of a self-driving car. Twenty-two states have either passed legislation related to autonomous vehicles or adopted regulations through a governor’s executive order.[1] This patchwork of legislation ranges from the simple, such as authorizing a study on autonomous vehicles[2],…
Not surprisingly, NHTSA’s regulatory stance on automated vehicles is simple: improve vehicle safety by preventing driving errors. As automated vehicles begin to populate the roads, two themes arising from this stance have emerged: 1) The need to introduce automated technologies safely. 2) Public acceptance of these potentially life-saving technologies.…
Auto manufacturers are increasingly equipping vehicles with rapidly advancing technologies, raising concerns regarding how the public will be affected by these changes. Manufacturers are beginning to implement automated driving and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication capabilities into their cars, extending potential cybersecurity threats and associated safety issues to road users.…
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) last week issued “Enforcement Guidance Bulletin 2015-01: Recommended Best Practices for Protective Orders and Settlement Agreements in Civil Litigation,” which is intended to discourage the use of confidentiality provisions that present a potential barrier to the flow of safety-related information to the agency.…