Feds unveil plan to ensure safety of self-driving cars

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SAN FRANCISCO — Federal regulators, faced with a growing number of self-driving car tests on roads across the U.S., plan to issue a flurry of new guidelines Tuesday aimed at automakers and tech companies.The U.S. Department of Transportation will require any new tech to meet a 15-point safety assessment, consider new powers to allow administrators to limit the deployment of experimental vehicles, and will issue a model for state self-driving car policies aimed at developing a cohesive set of national regulations.Officials will solicit public comments on the topic of self-driving car regulations for the next 60 days on the Transportation Department website and plan to update self-driving car policies annually.STORY FROM STRAIGHT TALKThese throwback items will make you feel old”We’re laying it out there, what we care about, and inviting the industry to show us how they meet those standards,” Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters during a briefing late Monday. “Some companies haven’t dealt with us, but they’ll learn quickly we can go really deep on these topics. We want the public to be safe.”USA TODAYWhy self-driving Ubers are rolling around PittsburghPresident Obama hammered home his administration’s message with an editorial posted late Monday on the website of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh is home to Uber’s self-driving car research facility and the first city in which it is testing autonomous vehicles).”Regulation can go too far,” Obama writes. “Government sometimes gets it wrong when it comes to rapidly changing technologies. That’s why this new policy is flexible and designed to evolve with new advances.”

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