America’s Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao has confirmed that the Trump administration is reviewing self-driving vehicle guidance issued under President Obama but that they want to be a catalyst for safe, efficient technologies, not an impediment.
She’s furthermore urged companies to explain the benefits of automated vehicles to a skeptical public.
Reuters reports that the guidelines, which were issued in September, call on automakers to voluntarily submit details of self-driving vehicle systems to regulators in a 15-point “safety assessment” and urge states to defer to the federal government on most vehicle regulations.
It adds that automakers have raised numerous concerns about the guidance, including that it requires them to turn over significant data, could delay testing by months and lead to states making the voluntary guidelines mandatory.
In November, major automakers urged President Trump’s then-incoming administration to re-evaluate the guidelines and some have called for significant changes. Automakers called on Congress earlier this month to make legislative changes to speed self-driving cars to US roads.
Chao, in her first major public remarks since taking office last month, told the National Governors Association: “This administration is evaluating this guidance and will consult with you and other stakeholders as we update it and amend it, to ensure that it strikes the right balance.”