Abby Sacunas, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Products Liability practice, discusses driverless car regulations in Law360. Understanding the need to revise the FMVSS to address the imminent commercialization of driverless cars, the U.S. Department of Transportation commissioned a study by the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center. The focus of this study was to highlight standards in the current FMVSS that may create certification challenges for automated vehicle concepts. The Volpe team conducted two separate reviews of the FMVSS: one identified instances in the FMVSS where a “driver” was referenced, and the second review looked to identify current language in the FMVSS that could pose direct challenges to a range of automated vehicle concepts.
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