U.S. Ponders Robocars Sans Human Control Features

March 15, 2019 at 3:58 PM

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation has begun a review process that could lead to automated cars no longer equipped with such devices as steering wheels, rearview mirrors and brake pedals.

Earlier today DOT issued a request for comment on a petition filed more than a year ago by General Motors Co. to sell vehicles that lack human-oriented controls, Automotive News reports.

Currently, developers can apply for a waiver only to test a maximum of 2,500 such vehicles. The waivers, which are issued by DOT’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, exempt operators from vehicle safety standards written when the likelihood of self-driving cars was nil.

DOT’s request for comment on GM’s petition begins a 60-day collection process of public input. DOT will then ponder its ruling on the petition.