The US Transportation Department says it may get rid of some of the red tape that’s currently hampering the progress of self-driving cars. Anthony Foxx, the transportation secretary over in the States, says he wants to speed up development of self-driving vehicles, and is ready to chill the hell out in order to make this possible.
He oversees the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which has announced that up to 2,500 vehicles built by the likes of Google, Ford and Tesla, will be made exempt from some auto safety standards for up to two years. A rulebook with a more laid-back vibe will be penned within six months.
Last month, Google complained about California’s first ever set of self-driving car regulations, with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles ruling that a licensed driver would need to be present in the front seat of an autonomous car at all times. The hissy-fit looks like it’s worked. [Reuters]