Advocates of small government will initially disagree, but here is where a federal commission, properly created and implemented, will help to actually speed up the development of the autonomous vehicle technology.
Struggling to keep pace with the rapid technological advancements across multiple industries, the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) has relied on cross-agency assistance to address the complex issues associated with advanced automotive operation systems. This approach, however, has been inconsistent from case-to-case to the degree that solutions are delayed and experience is not accrued in any singular agency.
There are other examples of agencies unable to keep up with the times. Laws and policies affecting drones, for instance, are handled by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Yet no practical, conclusive policy positions have been completed because the FAA does not understand the unanticipated, emergent behavior of robotic drones. The result is a piecemeal attempt by the states to offer up such policy.
A Federal Robotics Commission could help speed up the development of autonomous vehicles by centrally addressing these issues, archiving solutions and helping to shape better policy. As explained in a study recently released by the Brookings Institute, the creation of such a commission would stimulate the development in this area by establishing a solid “legal and policy” infrastructure that would spur American competitiveness with the rest of the world.
We have previously discussed how Google’s development of autonomous vehicle technology has created tensions among many automakers. This is proof of a lack of cross-industry collaboration. But, more importantly, it is evidence that “going it alone” is not helping to advance the autonomous vehicle movement.
How would a properly-created Commission be structured? That’s an unresolved question. However, the need for such an advisory body increases every day.
Source: Federal Robotics Commission Could Accelerate Arrival of Self-Driving Cars – AutoBlog