Guidance for Autonomous Vehicle Safety Evaluation
Imagine flying across the country knowing that every state regulates airworthiness using different and inconsistent standards. This is the scenario that currently awaits developers of automated vehicles (AV). AVs have tremendous potential to reduce congestion, increase efficiencies leading to reduced energy consumption, and increase productivity through multitasking. Despite the widespread testing and pilot deployment of AVs among private and academic agencies, many unknowns remain. Without consensus, AVs are difficult to regulate, including a lack of national standards for vehicles, licensing regulations, and insurance, and a limited understanding of the roles and responsibilities that will change with deployment of AVs. Texas has the potential to further the development of AVs through regulatory actions targeted at ensuring the safety of roadway users.