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U.S. transport chief to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines

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The Trump administration plans to unveil revised self-driving car guidelines this summer as the government sets out to rewrite regulations that pose legal barriers to robot vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said.

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Chao told a Detroit auto show forum that the revised voluntary guidelines would address not only self-driving automobiles but "barriers to the safe integration of autonomous technology for motor carriers, transit, trucks, infrastructure and other modes."

Chao said in a Reuters interview the department was preparing for autonomous technology coming rapidly to all transportation modes.

"The technology is there, the question is how do we regulate it, how do we continue to promote innovation but also safeguard safety." Chao said.

Bills in Congress to speed the introduction of self-driving cars do not include commercial trucks. In September, Chao announced the first set of revisions to the guidelines that were unveiled by the Obama administration and now plans a revised version by summer.

Chao said her goal was 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 would "not be in the business of picking winners or losers, or favoring one form of technology over another."


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