Last year, the Obama administration laid the groundwork for guidelines surrounding autonomous vehicles, though details and specifics were far from ironed out. The Trump administration is now gearing up to make its own mark on the regulations.
Reuters reports US Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao announced the department will revisit and revise the vague guidelines and regulations currently in place. “The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something,” Chao said
Still, specifics are unknown at this point, but it’s likely the revisions will fall in line with the administration’s deregulation strategy. Though, there isn’t much to deregulate at this point—the framework, again, is pretty loose.
The Federal Automated Vehicles Policy includes a 15-point assessment for automakers to use in order to bring a self-driving car to public roads. The loose regulations allow for each state to implement its own laws and regulations. States like California and Michigan have embraced the potential for driverless cars with legislations and friendly environments. GM has been testing autonomous Bolt EVs in California with its Cruise Automation subsidiary and will begin testing them in Michigan this year, too.
The Trump administration also plans to review emission and fuel economy regulations, which may potentially relax standards for automakers. However, companies will likely continue to push ahead with efficient powertrains and technologies in a global market.