U.S. TransportAtion Secretary Zhao Xiaolan signals government won’t interfere too much in self-driving development

In the early days of any new technology, there was reason to expect it to be as unregulated and exciting as the Wild West, but as space grew and mechanisms matured, it would be subject to more and more scrutiny, as would the development of self-driving car technology,media reported. However, this may not happen in the United States.

U.S. TransportAtion Secretary Zhao Xiaolan signals government won't interfere too much in self-driving development

Elaine Chao, the US transportation secretary, is at CES. There she gave a keynote speech on autonomous driving. Specifically, Zhao outlined the “AV 4.0” plan jointly proposed by the Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is reported that AV 4.0 shows the government’s position that more thorough regulation of the self-driving car industry will stifle the progress being made, so developers should be let go.

But it runs counter to the recommendations of the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), another large U.S. government agency. It is understood that as early as Last November, the agency publicly condemned the inaction of the current government and several state governments in effectively regulating the development of self-driving cars. The NTSB even points out that NHTSA, led by Zhao Xiaolan, has put the development of self-driving cars above saving lives.

“Manufacturers do not objectively evaluate their own safety assessments,” NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt said at a Senate hearing in November. So this requires the federal government to review these assessments to ensure that they are properly handled. “