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Tech firms and carmakers must work together on safety – Chao

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What does the US Secretary of Transportation says that the nation is on the cusp of transformation in transportation and technology that will change the way Americans work, move, and connect.

In an interview with Fortune magazine she said her department’s role is to regulate the safety and security of vehicles without hampering innovation and that tech firms and manufacturers must co-operate to ensure safety, “All the high-tech companies, they know technology and they have such an interesting future they envision for our world. The older, traditional auto manufacturers know safety. They need to work together,” she said.

Fortune adds that she dismissed the notion that her department had been lax in regulating new autonomous vehicles. “I have besieged Silicon Valley,” she said.  “If Silicon Valley does not make the rest of us more comfortable about technology, then consumer acceptance will be the constraint,” she said, adding, “We’re not removing all risks [with autonomous vehicles]. The risk is just moving from the human to the software program.”


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