Recently, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a press release about a Standard General Order requiring crash reporting for all vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assist Systems and Automated Driving Systems. The NHTSA is using its authority to gather additional information to “save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the economic costs of roadway crashes through education, research, safety standards and enforcement activity”.
Last summer, NHTSA issued a Standing General Order requiring manufacturers and operators of vehicles equipped with SAE Level 2 advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) or SAE Levels 3-5 automated driving systems (ADS) to report crashes. This action will enable NHTSA to collect information necessary for the agency to play its role in keeping Americans safe on the highways, even as the technology deployed on the nation’s roads continues to evolve.
NHTSA’s order requires covered entities to report crashes that occur on public roads in the United States based on the following:
The steps taken and data collection is intended to will help the NHTSA to identify potential safety issues. The data will also help understand whether there is a pattern in driverless vehicle crashes or their operation. At this time, NHTSA is asking motorists who believe their vehicle may have a safety defect associated with automated driving systems to file a report.
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