U.S. to Rewrite Safety Regulations to Allow Cars Without Steering Wheels or Pedals

By Anna Breuer on 8 October 2018
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The American cars of Cuba, complete with steering wheel

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released a report late last week in which it said it will change the rules for autonomous vehicles and allow them to be sold without a steering wheel, pedals, and mirrors.

The agency “intends to reconsider the necessity and appropriateness of its current safety standards” when it comes to self-driving cars, it said in the report,
The Road Ahead.

In the report, Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said that self-driving vehicle technology have the potential to reduce, traffic, accidents, and fatalities, but noted that the “public has legitimate concerns about the safety, security, and privacy of automated technology.”

Those who like to actually drive, as opposed to passenger, need not worry about the future. The report underscores that the government will not call for an end to human driving. The agency “embraces the freedom of the open road, which includes the freedom for Americans to drive their own vehicles.” This will allow car buyers to choose the type of vehicle that best suits their needs.

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