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Proposal for putting the "Safety" back in the "S" of NHTSA

Summary: Overview of my comments on how NHTSA can effectively engage with the Automated Vehicle industry to ensure safety without inhibiting responsible innovatio n. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is tasked with regulating non-commercial vehicle safety in the US.  Thus far, their approach to highly automated vehicles has been conspicuously hands-off with regard to safety, with more emphasis on not inhibiting innovation rather than ensuring that the innovation proceeds with reasonable safety. In late 2020 NHTSA put out an ANPRM (Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making) proposing an approach to changing this situation.  This approach is significantly based on adopting existing industry standards.  Here is my high level response.  (Link at the end of this to full document.)