Posts Tagged ‘Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’

Convince Public Autonomous Cars Are Good Chao Tells Automakers

Transportation Secretary says DOT's role is safety.

by on Jan.14, 2018

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao shows the latest finding from the department on automated driving. (Photo credit: Brendan Strong)

The Trump Administration will not be in the business of “picking winners and losers” when it comes to automotive technology, particularly automated or self-driving systems, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao told a crowd in Detroit.

During a visit to the North American International Auto Show’s AutoMobiliD exposition, Chao repeatedly said the department’s top priority was safety. However, she was also just as clear about how much her agency would be involved in the process.

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“We are not going to be top down,” she said. “We’re not going to be command and control. We are tech neutral and the technological advances we see are very exciting. Our preeminence as a nation, as far as technology, is something we should strive to preserve.” (more…)

Trump Administration Releases New Guidance on Autonomous Testing

Guidelines to be used until legislation passes Senate.

by on Sep.13, 2017

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the new "guidance" for autonomous vehicle testing will help improve safety on U.S. roadways.

The Trump administration released its guidelines for testing and developing self-driving cars on U.S. highways and they were met with almost universal approval from automakers, industry observers and safety organizations.

Though federal legislation on the matter awaits approval by the U.S. Senate, the federal Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s updated “guidance,” as described by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, gives automakers and suppliers the green light to continue the development of automated system.

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Chao said the updated parameters, dubbed “Automated Driving Systems – Vision 2.0,” build on the previous policy released by the Obama administration and incorporates back received through public comments and Congressional hearings. (more…)

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