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US Announces Official "Highway Code" for Self-Driving Cars


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US Announces Official "Highway Code" for Self-Driving Cars

Self Driving Cars in the USA, under a new policy, will all have to be fitted with ‘black boxes’.

This new initiative from the US Transportation Department policy will replace all previous guidelines from different states which sometimes contradicted each other.

Each car will undergo a vetting process by the US government before they are approved to drive on the road alongside human drivers.

The black box will feed back essential data and if a self-driving car is not safe they will have the authority to pull it off the road. US President Barack Obama, in a piece for the Pittsburgh Post Gazette when discussing the topic, said "We won't hesitate to protect the American public's safety."

Obama was speaking to the Pittsburgh publication because Uber, the ride hailing firm, is testing its autonomous vehicles there.

He went on to say that the Government’s involvement would ensure that the new technology would be rolled out in the safest way and commented that 'the quickest way to slam the brakes on innovation is for the public to lose confidence in the safety of new technologies."

The ‘Federal Automated Vehicles Policy’ is a list of 15 points with covers off security, test vehicles and how data is recorded in the event of a collision. It also considers data protection for customers, in-car controls and how the vehicle handles new situations.

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