February 20, 2019 | Washington, DC
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is pleased to recognize the innovators who have proactively released voluntary safety self-assessments, for their commitment to prioritizing safety and strengthening public trust in Automated Driving Systems. Since late 2018, Apple, Bosch, Mercedes-Benz, Navya, Starsky Robotics, and Zoox have joined Ford, General Motors, Nuro, Nvidia, Uber and Waymo on the list of organizations that have taken this important step.
“Open communication is essential to building public confidence and acceptance toward the future adoption of ADS technologies,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi R. King. “The Department continues to encourage entities to publicly release their safety assessments and applauds those that already have.”
The Department’s Automated Driving Systems 2.0: A Vision for Safety outlines a 12-point voluntary safety self-assessment that companies are encouraged to consider and publicly release to promote public confidence in ADS technologies. Preparing for the Future of Transportation: Automated Vehicles 3.0 guidance underscores that entities involved in the development and testing of automation technology have an important role in not only the safety assurance of ADS-equipped vehicles, but also in providing transparency about how safety is being achieved.
The voluntary safety self-assessments are available to view on NHTSA’s website.