Good news for, among others, the development of Apple Car software, as a proposal has been unanimously approved that would allow car manufacturers to deploy tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles without adhering to existing automotive safety standards. The legislation would also prohibit states from implementing and enforcing some driverless vehicle rules, as regulators work to create improved federal safety standards for autonomous driving .
Under the terms of the proposal, car manufacturers would be obliged to submit safety assessment reports to the US regulators , but pre-market approval of autonomous vehicles would not be required.
Car manufacturers would have to show that automatic driving cars “function as intended and contain safety features” , but the Department of Transportation could not “condition the deployment or testing of highly automated vehicles on the review of safety assessment certifications” .
Companies that work in autonomous vehicles, such as General Motors, Alphabet, Ford and Tesla, have been pressuring the U.S. Congress to approve a federal measure that prejudges the rules being considered in California and other states that would limit the deployment of cars . The measure preliminarily approved today would allow manufacturers to subvert the rule requiring autonomous cars to have driver controls, and would prevent states from establishing automotive standards for software and safety systems.
The measure was updated last week to add a directive that would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to draft new rules for autonomous vehicles within 18 months, but consumer advocacy groups say the bill needs adjustments to ensure that automakers prioritize safety and do not put drivers at greater risk of an accident .
Apple has its own autonomous driving software in development and would benefit from relaxed regulations if the bill were to go through . Apple has previously asked the California DMV to reevaluate some of its rules, including those that require companies to provide detailed public reporting of test variables and results.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said in June that Apple considers his work on autonomous driving systems to be “the mother of all AI projects” . Apple is testing its software on several Lexus RX450h vehicles that are equipped with a large number of sensors and cameras .
This is undoubtedly great news for the Bite Block company, which is working hard on a self-employed car project. Remember to keep an eye on our daily news for you.