A Free Market Response to the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released its long-awaited Federal Automated Vehicles Policy. An op-ed published in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette under President Obama’s name touted the nonbinding guidance document.

NHTSA’s guidance contemplates two forms of pre-market regulatory authority, one that would replace self-certification and another that would augment it. Neither of these suggested mechanisms should be authorized by Congress.

Many of these nonbinding recommendations are welcome, but NHTSA must work to limit its precautionary impulses, which have the potential to delay and increase the cost of automated vehicle deployment—meaning more preventable crashes, more injuries, and more deaths.

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