The ICC has submitted comments on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) proposed Federal Automated Vehicles Policy published in the Federal Register September 23, 2016.
The ICC’s comments recognize that we have entered a new age of automotive mobility characterized by use of a new tool: digitized data. Data – flowing between vehicles and the road, between vehicles and infrastructure, between the vehicle and trusted third parties over the internet, and among vehicles – is the backbone of automated and connected vehicle systems. It is a technology that is fundamentally different than the traditional mechanical technologies upon which the automotive industry was built.
The ICC comments consider the unique nature of digital data and discuss what that change means for those who produce connected and automated vehicle technologies, the consumers who benefit from them, and the policymakers who seek to maximize their value to the public.