U.S. Regulator Loosens Safety Standard for Self-Driving Delivery Car
A recent move could bring self-driving delivery vehicles to a street near you sooner than expected.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in February granted temporary approval to tech company Nuro to deploy autonomous vehicles. The low-speed R2, which is not designed to carry people, will be allowed to operate without certain safety features required on other self-driving vehicles. That includes rear and side-view mirrors, steering wheels, windshield wipers and brake pedals.
“Since this is a low-speed self-driving delivery vehicle, certain features that the [Transportation] Department traditionally required – such as mirrors and a windshield for vehicles carrying drivers – no longer make sense,” Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said in a statement announcing the decision.
The move could be a sign that the federal government could relax standards for other autonomous vehicles, according to a Detroit Free Press report. The temporary approval, which lasts for two years, requires Nuro to provide safety reports to NHTSA in real time. The company also has to engage with communities in which it plans to test.
Nuro plans to start testing vehicles in Houston soon, according to the Washington Post. It will start by delivering groceries for Walmart and Kroger and making pizza runs for Domino’s.
Safety Protections for Car Owners
As the push for self-driving vehicles moves at breakneck speed, it can be easy to overlook the serious problems that automakers are still having with human-operated cars. It seems like every week at least one major carmaker is recalling thousands of vehicles because of serious defects that put everyone on the road at risk.
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There is no specific number of repair requests or attempts that must be made before the buyback requirement kicks in. That is why it is important to consult a seasoned California lemon law attorney. The law makes the car manufacturer responsible for any legal fees that an owner incurs enforcing his or her rights.
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