The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages relevant stakeholders to respond to the U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) request for public comment on the potential development of a framework for Automated Driving System (ADS) safety. The advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) was submitted to the Federal Register on November 19, 2020, and is available online.
In a statement, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao noted: “This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems.”
Background on ADS
An ADS refers to the hardware and software that collectively are capable of performing the entire dynamic driving task on a sustained basis, regardless of whether it is limited to a specific operational design domain. At some point, ADS could potentially handle the whole task of driving in a situation where drivers/passengers do not want to or cannot do it themselves.
As the NHTSA explains, even though wide-scale deployment of ADS still may be several years away, many companies are "actively developing and testing ADS technology throughout the United States." To that end, NHTSA seeks specific feedback on key components that can meet the need for motor vehicle safety while enabling innovative designs, in a manner consistent with agency authorities.
“ADS technologies are different from more conventional automotive equipment, and it is necessary and appropriate to consider how ADS standards can and should be articulated,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The framework of principles would objectively define, assess, and manage the safety of ADS, while ensuring the flexibility to enable further innovation."
Among its key points, the NHTSA request emphasizes that commenters should consider, for example:
Access more information via the NHTSA announcement. Written comments are due no later than 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.