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NHTSA faces roadblocks with self-driving vehicle regulations

In early October, a bill was approved by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation that would speed up the manufacturing and use of self-driving vehicles. Under the bill, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration would be given 10 years to develop safety regulations for such vehicles. Drivers in Arizona and across the U.S. should know, however, that there are some barriers that the agency has to overcome before it can begin.

With close to 75 safety regulations to either revise or eliminate for the sake of self-driving vehicles, the NHTSA has asked for input on how to move forward. It also requested comments on what sort of research will be necessary. It may take years, experts say, before research leads to the finalization of any changes.

The NHTSA is also responsible for waiving certain auto safety requirements for any makers that are to deploy up to 80,000 self-driving vehicles annually in the next three years. This is per a measure approved by the House of Representatives in September. The agency intends to make its notice public by the end of November. Though these legislative landmarks have the support of corporations like General Motors Company and Ford Motor Company, some auto safety groups are pushing for more safeguards to the development of self-driving vehicles.

While the impact that self-driving vehicles will have on personal injury claims is up for debate, negligent drivers will continue to cause accidents. Victims who have been injured in one might want to meet with a personal injury attorney to see how best to pursue compensation for their medical bills and other losses.

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