U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the country’s self-driving vehicle policy will undergo “significant changes” in the coming years because legislation is out of step with actual technical developments.
The official made his statement at the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival. In his opinion, the authorities need to provide a regulatory framework without stifling innovation in an industry that is just starting to develop. “There is nothing wrong with letting these experiments [the opportunity] flourish until there is a real escalation of some security issues. I think that in the 2020s we will see very important events here ,” said Mr. Buttigieg.
U.S. lawmakers have been dragging their feet on the development of a legislative framework for self-driving vehicles for too long, so the relevant regulators had to seize the initiative – last week the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) eliminated the requirement for vehicles to be equipped with traditional controls, such as pedals and a steering wheel.
The official named the development of public transport in the country and the creation of incentives for citizens to encourage them to purchase electric vehicles as his other priorities. Reuters cited data showing that Americans now use public transport 40% less than before the pandemic. Congress, meanwhile, has not yet approved a bill proposed by the White House to provide citizens with tax incentives for the purchase of electric vehicles – we are talking about amounts from $7,500 to $12,500.