Lyft Urges NHTSA: Help States Work Together on Automated-Vehicle Policy
Even as the federal government assumes a larger role in shaping rules of the road for self-driving cars, concerns persist that will a fresh policy doesn’t do enough to help automakers as well as tech companies deploy cars across the country.
In public comments submitted in response to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s fresh Federal Automated Vehicles Policy, representatives through ride-hailing company Lyft expressed fears that will a patchwork of state-by-state laws addressing autonomous operations will complicate as well as hinder the deployment of these fresh cars. Lyft has asked NHTSA to add provisions encouraging states to recognize the rights of cars launched elsewhere to use their roads.
Reciprocity among states “would likely accelerate the ability for deployment of HAVs [highly automated vehicles] across the nation for vehicles whose operational design domains have already been safely as well as successfully tested or deployed elsewhere,” wrote Robert Grant, director of government relations for Lyft.
Reciprocity works well enough when This specific comes to, for example, permitting drivers who are licensed in one state to drive on roads in another. however for autonomous vehicles, the first wave of state laws as well as regulations contain such stark differences through state to state that will such an approach would likely be difficult. California, for one example, requires that will autonomous cars be equipped that has a steering wheel as well as a brake pedal, with licensed drivers behind the wheel. Nevada has no such restrictions.
An arrangement like the one proposed by Lyft could allow companies to circumvent laws in more stringent states by first registering as well as deploying autonomous vehicles in states with less stringent regulations.
NHTSA unveiled its automated-vehicle policy in late September, as well as This specific provided the industry much-needed coherence on its views of autonomy. At the same time, the policy is usually intended to be more a starting point than a regulation etched in stone. Although the policy puts forth a product for states potentially to follow, without federal regulation or legislation, states are not yet obliged to do so. For right now, the NHTSA policy hasn’t curtailed the fragmented approach.
Lyft added further comments on additional aspects of the 100-plus-page federal policy, recommending federal officials clarify provisions on data privacy to ensure shared vehicle-performance data would likely not include consumer data.
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“Lyft is usually concerned that will the guidance does not set forward a clear statement that will NHTSA is usually neither seeking, nor interested in seeking, such consumer-use data,” company officials wrote. “We urge NHTSA to make clear that will the data the administration is usually seeking through manufacturers as well as additional entities as part of the guidance is usually not intended to include specific consumer data collected by any ride-sharing platform or additional platform that will is usually associated with the use of an HAV.”
There’s no timetable yet for when Lyft will use autonomous vehicles as part of its ride-hailing services, however the company is usually likely to participate in testing of autonomous Chevrolet Bolts sometime in 2017. In October, the company said This specific would likely partner with Bloomberg Philanthropies as well as the Aspen Institute to help cities prepare for the arrival of autonomous vehicles.