Governor, PennDOT welcome new automated vehicle guidelines

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Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today applauded the focus on safety in new federal guidelines on automated vehicles that were released this morning. The guidelines are in-line with work underway since June by the Pennsylvania Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force.
“Both we and the federal government agree that safety is paramount as we set policies that encourage and guide the dramatic mobility changes offered by the rapidly developing automated vehicle technology,” Governor Wolf said. “My administration has kept Pennsylvania on a pace that makes us and especially the City of Pittsburgh a global center for automated vehicle safety, testing and development.”
The National Highway Safety Administration today released its 112-page “Federal Automated Vehicles Policy – Accelerating the Next Revolution in Roadway Safety.”
“We are encouraged the new federal guidance parallels the focus of our Autonomous Vehicle Policy Task Force,” said PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards. “We want to assure that technology companies and auto manufacturers have the ability to test the technology in Pennsylvania, but we will not compromise safety, and we are working toward state-level policies to ensure that is the case.”

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