Last updated: 12:30 PM ET, Sat April 09 2016

Experts: Slow Down Plan for Self-Driving Cars

Car Rental & Rail | Amy Coyne Bredeson | April 09, 2016

Experts: Slow Down Plan for Self-Driving Cars

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Self-driving cars are not ready for a green light just yet, several people told the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at a public meeting on Friday.

Safety advocates, engineers and automakers all spoke up at the meeting, saying the process to get these vehicles moving needs to slow down, The Associated Press reported. 

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According to AP, the federal agency announced in January that it would start writing guidance for deploying the vehicles. Officials said that guidance would be completed by July.

But an auto industry trade association said the agency’s plan for achieving that guidance might need a more thoughtful approach, AP reported.

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The Association of Global Automakers safety manager Paul Scullion said that problems could arise from using guidance to deviate from the government’s process, AP said. He said diverging from the government’s process might make things happen more quickly but could mean the process is less thorough.

"While this process is often time consuming, these procedural safeguards are in place for valid reasons," Scullion said to AP.


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