Federal AV policy has 'number of parallels' to Boeing 737 MAX policy, critics warn

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The Center for Auto Safety is the nation’s premier independent, member driven, non-profit consumer advocacy organization dedicated to improving vehicle safety, quality, and fuel economy on behalf of all drivers, passengers, and pedestrians.

“It seems impossible we’ve arrived in 2020 with no action from the federal government to protect the American people from thousands of unproven, driverless vehicles being tested on public roads,” Jason Levine, executive director at the Center for Auto Safety, said. “Worse, it’s unimaginable that nothing has been done to inhibit car technology companies from creating an unsafe corporate culture that prizes profits over people.”

by Chris Teale
January 14, 2020

Dive Brief:

  • Critics warned Monday that federal policy on autonomous vehicles (AVs) has a “number of parallels” to the policies that regulated the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which was grounded last year after several high-profile crashes resulted in the loss of hundreds of lives and cost Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg his job. The parallels include the reliance on voluntary self-assessment safety reports that can be submitted for federal review.

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