In the United States, lowered requirements for selfdriving carsJanuary 16, 2021
The safety standards for unmanned vehicles in the United States have been revised to make them more flexible. The new rules will help drones develop more actively.
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has updated the safety requirement for automated driving systems. This step will accelerate the introduction of drones into the daily life of society, as well as make the process cheaper. We are talking about certain exceptions to security standards.
Let us recall that these rules were written for cars with drivers. So, according to NHTSA experts, unmanned trucks that will not be used to transport people should not meet “expensive and design-limiting standards to protect the people in them.” For example, an autonomous vehicle must have a driver’s seat, although there is no need for it. It was like that before. The new rules abolish this standard.
We read between the lines that the emergence of such autonomous machines will accelerate. Thanks to this exclusion, over the next couple of years it will be possible to produce about 2,500 copies of the Nuro R2 annually. These unmanned cargo delivery vehicles travel not only without a driver, but also without passengers.
But passenger drones (such as Cruise Origin) still have to adjust to the general requirements.
It will take time before this technology becomes available and its capabilities are well understood. Not everyone was enthusiastic about the amendments to the established rules. The Auto Safety Center called this approach not the most appropriate in ensuring consumer safety.
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