Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, in a speech Sunday at the Detroit auto show, said the Trump administration will introduce revised self-driving vehicle guidelines this summer as the U.S. government rewrites regulations that pose legal barriers to autonomous vehicles. The revised guidelines, Chao said, will also address "barriers to the safe integration of autonomous technology for motor carriers, transit, trucks, infrastructure and other modes." Pending bills in Congress to speed the introduction of autonomous vehicles do not include commercial trucks. Chao in September unveiled the first set of revisions to guidelines first introduced by the Obama administration.
A 'tech neutral' pledge as EV era dawns
Chao said Sunday the government's top goal is to eliminate "unnecessary obstacles to the development and integration of new technology. Our approach will be tech neutral and flexible — not top-down, or command and control." She added the government will "not be in the business of picking winners or losers, or favoring one form of technology over another."
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