June 16 (UPI) — While self-driving technology is thought to be still in full popularity, many companies such as Waymo, Apple and Tesla are still working hard to develop it, and U.S. regulators are encouraging companies such as Apple to collect and share test data from self-driving platforms in an effort to boost self-driving technology and boost public confidence in the technology, according tomedia reports.
Companies such as Apple are encouraged to collect and publish test data on self-driving platforms, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) on Monday unveiled a plan called Transparency and Safety Testing for Self-Driving Cars, which will provide the public with a way to understand where self-driving cars are tested in the United States.
Under a plan announced by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, companies such as Apple, which testself self-driving car systems on public roads, can voluntarily submit relevant information to them and then publish it on the national highway traffic safety administration’s website for public viewing.
On the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s website, which publishes road measurement information for self-driving cars, members of the public can check the exact location where the test was conducted, whether it was taking place near where they live and where they worked.
Companies such as Apple, which conduct road tests for self-driving cars, do not voluntarily submit information limited to where they are tested, but can submit more information, and the models tested can also be submitted and published.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s move is an attempt to centralize self-driving car testing information so that it covers the entire United States. Currently, data on self-driving cars are collected and submitted on the basis of state regulators, and the relevant regulations vary.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s focus on publishing information about self-driving cars tests is considered in two ways, one is to drive the development of self-driving technology through data collection and sharing, and the other is to increase transparency and public confidence in the technology.
A senior official at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration also said he hopes the program, which provides more information to those who remain skeptical of self-driving technology, will provide transparency and safety testing for self-driving cars.