New Vehicle Technologies

NHTSA Examines FMVSS Options for Autonomous Vehicles

Today, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report highlighting options to work around 12 Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) that pose as barriers to deploying autonomous vehicles.

Per Politico, “The report examined FMVSS regarding occupant protection, door locks, head restraints, transmission shifting and braking, rollaway prevention, tire pressure monitoring systems and more.”

NHTSA plans to examine 18 more FMVSS for potential modifications.

To read the report in its entirety, click here.

NHTSA Announces NPRM for ADAS

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) to “clarify the ambiguities in applying current crashworthiness standards to Automated Driving Systems (ADS) equipped vehicles without traditional manual controls, while maintaining the regulatory text’s application to more traditional vehicles and vehicles equipped with ADS that may have alternate modes.”

The proposal is one of a series of actions NHTSA is considering to address the short and long-term challenges of testing new vehicle technology while verifying compliance with the Federal motor vehicle safety standards for vehicles with ADS.

To read the full NPRM and submit a comment, click here.

NHTSA Issues NPRM for Occupant Protection for Automated Driving Systems

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) on occupant protection for automated driving systems. Per NHTSA, the proposal aims “to modernize numerous Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards and clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems that are designed without traditional manual controls.”

To see the press release from NHTSA, click here.

To see the NPRM, click here.

ASA and U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition Comments on AV Draft

The Automotive Service Association (ASA), as a member of the U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition, submitted comments to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee urging lawmakers to consider adding a vehicle data access portion to the draft autonomous vehicle legislation. In the comments submitted to the committees’ staff the Coalition stated:

The Coalition respectfully asks the staff working to craft a new autonomous vehicle bill to add a section on vehicle data access that has the support of a wide range of stakeholders. We look forward to continuing to work with the Committee staffs and the offices of members of both Committees on the inclusion of vehicle data access language in new autonomous vehicle legislation.

The rights of vehicle owners to control and access the data generated by their vehicles is too important to be left unaddressed by Congress. The Coalition supports bi-partisan, bi-cameral legislative efforts to establish a framework for securing the continued rights of vehicle owners – and entities that secure the express permission of vehicle owners — to control and access vehicle- generated data on a real-time, secure and competitive basis.


To read the full comments submitted to the committee, click here.

NHTSA Extends Comment Period for ADAS Research

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is extending the comment period on the Advanced Driver Assisted Systems (ADAS) Draft Research Test Procedures Request for Comment (RFQ) to March 6, 2020. The RFQ was published on November 21, 2019 and was intended to be closed for comment on January 21, 2020.

To read the full request and make a comment, click here.

House Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles

Committee Staff Releases DRAFT AV Bill

The U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce held a hearing entitled, “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automotive Technologies.” In opening statements, Members of the Committee expressed similar sentiments regarding their support and the need for autonomous vehicle legislation touting that it will ensure American leadership in innovation, the need for a framework to deploy emerging vehicle technology in a safe and responsible way to improve roadway conditions and reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities. Subcommittee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rogers (R-WA) stated that this legislation “will be transformative and knock down mobility barriers.” Among the groups testifying in front of the subcommittee today was the National Federation of the Blind, reiterating that a future with autonomous vehicles will increase opportunities to find work and travel for those with disabilities.

Last year the same committee passed the SELF DRIVE Act of 2019, which passed out of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce unanimously. The legislation died in the Senate after the American Association of Justice (AAJ) voiced concerns over forced arbitration. In his opening statement, Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) targeted AAJ inferring that this legislation will require a comprise. Despite AAJ’s confliction with the bill, all witnesses stated that they believed that autonomous vehicles hold the promise to save lives. Witnesses Gary Shapiro, President and CEO at Consumer Technology Association, and Jeff Tumlin, Director of Transportation at San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, further emphasized the  urgency to pass this legislation; both Shapiro and Tumlin testified that “we lack a national goal” when it comes to autonomous vehicles and that “with the global race to autonomous vehicles, we have the technology and the fundamental infrastructure here” but without guidance from Congress, we are allowing other nations to become the leaders.


  • Cathy Chase
    Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety
  • John Bozzella
    President and CEO
    Alliance for Automotive Innovation


  • Daniel Hinkle
    State Affairs Counsel
    American Association of Justice


  • Mark Riccobono
    National Federation of the Blind


  • Gary Shapiro
    President and CEO
    Consumer Technology Association


  • Jeff Tumlin
    Director of Transportation
    San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)

To view the hearing in its entirety, click here.

ASA Signs On Comments for U.S. House AV Hearing

The Automotive Service Association (ASA) signed on to the Coalition for Future Mobility and the U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition’s letters that were submitted to the U.S. House Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce in response to a hearing convened today entitled, “Autonomous Vehicles: Promises and Challenges of Evolving Automotive Technologies.”

Click here to read the Coalition for Future Mobility Letter.


Click here to read the U.S. Vehicle Data Access Coalition Letter.


U.S. DOT Requests Comments on AV Guidelines

The White House and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) unveiled ‘Ensuring American Leadership in Automated Vehicle Technologies: Automated Vehicles 4.0’. The guidelines were announced in January at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV.

This week the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House Office of Technology Policy (OSTP) released in the Federal Register a notice requesting comments from the public on the guidelines.

To read the full notice in the Federal Register and submit a comment, click here.

U.S. DOT Secretary Announces Proposals to Improve Transportation Safety

Yesterday at the Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine Chao announced three proposals aimed at improving safety on our roadways. Chao announced the next phase of the “Partnership for Analytics Research in Traffic Safety (PARTS) program.” The program will “expand participation in the PARTS program to include almost 70% of the U.S. automobile market and will collect data on additional advanced driver-assisted systems (ADAS).” Secretary Chao also announced an initiative to standardize ADAS terminology amongst manufacturers.

To view the DOT press release, click here.

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