Rush to driverless cars: Feds relax safety certification requirements; urge states to follow suit

Rush to driverless cars: Feds relax safety certification requirements; urge states to follow suit
Google self-driving car. (Image: General Physics Laboratory via Observer, Flickr)

[Ed. – Eventually, some of you out there are going to wake up and realize this is a thermonuclear weapon pointed at the heart of our liberty and way of life.  The only way to fill the road with autonomous vehicles is to have centralized control of them.  You will lose everything you care about if that actually comes to pass — not to mention that it’s an incredible source of vulnerability to mass attack.  Yet you probably have no idea how much is being done to make it happen, with virtually no public debate.  This one is worth breaking everything to stop in its tracks.]

Go for it! In essence, that’s the Trump administration’s new directive on driverless-car development.

Under those guidelines, automakers and technology companies will be asked to voluntarily submit safety assessments to the U.S. Department of Transportation, but they don’t have to do it.

And states are being advised to use a light regulatory hand.

At a driverless-car test track in Ann Arbor, Mich., Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao painted a near future of greater safety, fewer deaths, higher productivity and more time spent with loved ones as robots increasingly take over the tasks of driving and commuters are freed for other activities.

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