Local, Federal Officials Begin Work On Connected, Autonomous Vehicle Regulations

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

Connected and autonomous vehicles are slowly but surely coming into reality, enough time for local and federal authorities to come up with solutions to solve issues of privacy and safety.

The Detroit News reports National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration associate administrator of vehicle safety Nat Beuse, speaking before those in attendance at a panel during the first day of the Center for Automotive Research’s 2014 Management Briefing Seminars, said the agency is working on its vision for connected and autonomous vehicles, including regulations on park-assist, crash-warning systems, and more:

One of the fundamental things we have to address is how to test these systems to make sure they’re safe and reliable. There are some serious questions that need to be answered before we can say “Yeah, that’s a good idea.”

Beuse adds that privacy will also be a challenge for the NHTSA, especially as connected vehicles store information from how one drives, to where one drives to. There are currently few regulations regarding ownership of this data, as well as what to do when hackers figure out a way to break into a vehicle’s connected system.

That said, there may enough time to address those concerns, as the public aren’t too thrilled with the idea of the car doing the driving. A University of Michigan study found 57 percent of 1,500 surveyed in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia held a positive opinion of autonomous vehicles overall, with 70 percent believe such vehicles would help bring down the accident rates in their respective countries. Yet, most surveyed believe humans can do a better job at driving than whatever Google or Baidu unleash upon the world.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • Drksd4848 Drksd4848 on Aug 05, 2014

    "Yet, most surveyed believe humans can do a better job at driving..." MUHAAHHAHAHHAH!!! LOLOLOLOL!!! That's hysterical!!! Nothing like starting the day with a good knee slapping laugh! I'll be chuckling about this all for a long time hehehehehehe.... Let me throw in a couple of guffaws in there too.

  • Doublechili Doublechili on Aug 05, 2014

    This will really cut down on police chases. And how about Autonomous Motorcycles?

  • Jdash1972 Jdash1972 on Aug 05, 2014

    I can't wait for these brilliant autonomous cars with artificial intelligence that can see a cow in the road in the rain at night and make a snap judgement about which way to swerve. It takes more than just connecting Google Maps to some actuators to steer the car and work the pedals. If we had that kind of computing power, sensor tech and artificial intelligence, I can think of a lot more interesting uses than stupid self driving cars that email all your travel details to the DOD and your insurance company every day.

    • Drksd4848 Drksd4848 on Aug 06, 2014

      Only, the majority of drivers just hit the cow/deer/moose.

  • 05lgt 05lgt on Aug 05, 2014

    When all cars drive the same (all restaurants are Taco Bell now) why would anyone buy their own car? And if I'm just a passenger why would I buy insurance?