Waymo calls on the U.S. to ‘immediately’ remove the obstacles to self-driving cars

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Waymo, and the self-driving car, device, Google, older, Alphabet, Inc., on Thursday, urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to “immediately” remove the obstacles for the car without a steering wheel and brake pedal.

FILE PHOTO: Three of the fleet’s 600-Waymo and Chrysler Pacifica, Hybrid, self-driving vehicles will be parked and displayed at a rally in Chandler, Arizona, on November 29, 2018. (REUTERS photo/Caitlin O ‘ Hara/File Photo

The car manufacturers have to meet is currently at about 75 vehicle safety standards for self-driving cars, a lot of them are written with the assumption that a licensed driver is in command of the vehicle by using the traditional controls.

NHTSA has been grappling for more than three years, and the way in which to meet these requirements, while those of the large companies this week to shed light on the complex issues relating to the testing, acquisition, and evaluation of fully self-driving vehicles.

“NHTSA should move to act immediately to remove barriers to ensure the safety and security,” Waymo said in a letter posted on the Thursday after the auto safety agency sought public comment in May, “the removal of unnecessary barriers to the safe introduction of automated driving systems.”

NHTSA will need to first work on the approach to safety standards, which assume that it is a human being behind the wheel for the revision of the rules to deal with alternative seating configurations, Waymo he said.

That will enable the timely deployment of vehicles, without the need for manual controls, the Waymo was added.

General Motors Co. in his opinion, said: “it is imperative that the NHTSA will continue to drive this critical dialogue, with a sense of urgency and that the necessary approval of the development is kept up to date with the progress of technology.”

Lyft Inc., and Honda Motor Co., told the agency in a separate comment, it would be able to recognize it, self-driving cars as an individual vehicle’s class, at the address of the rules are written with the assumption that the person behind the wheel.

NHTSA does not plan to start writing some of the lines on the seats and up to March, 2020. This includes the review of the crashworthiness standards address the residents faced on the rear or on the side in a completely self-driving cars. The new seats are not essential for the development and implementation of it,” Waymo said, referring to the autonomous vehicle.

The comments submitted by vehicle manufacturers recommend that it should be able to take down the agency, at least up to the year 2025 for the completion of an extensive re-writing of various standards.

NHTSA is also grappling with how and when to test self-driving cars is to make sure that they are safe and secure. The agency is investigating whether the use of simulations, or the external controls in the test. A lot of car manufacturers are planning to remote controls to test autonomous vehicles by means of factories, and vehicles.

In January of 2017, when GM was seeking a waiver from the NHTSA to implement a fully automated vehicle without the steering wheel to the end of 2019 at the latest. Last month, GM’s self-driving system, a Cruise, and said that the delay in the commercial deployment of the vehicle at the destination.

Ford Motor Co. and GM have both said the safety and security of the aviation sector and that of the self-driving vehicles will be in the first instance, it is not in a position to respond to human commands, such as “drive it on a car carrier,” or to drive forward 10 feet (3 meters), and it has to stop.

Ford has said that the self-driving car “will be responsible for determining when, where, and how it is to ride… We are not equipped with interfaces, a method in which the vehicle is to be a destination.”

New York City, told the NHTSA needs to self-driving cars ‘ to meet the baseline performance requirements, including a high degree of precision for pedestrians and cyclists, and the detection of all of the sides of the application of the brakes in time to stop the vehicle prior to the collision, and the maintenance of a safe and lawful speed.”

That would help weed out “under-developed systems, the city will be added.

Report by David Shepardson; edited by Bill Berkrot

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