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NHTSA Proposes to Modernize Safety Standards

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March 19, 2020—The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a proposal Tuesday to clarify ambiguities in current occupant protection standards for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems.

The proposal seeks to modernize Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. 

For example, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) proposes applying frontal passenger protection requirements to the traditional driver seating position when a steering wheel is not present, and clarifies the applicability of some occupant protection standards to vehicles with no occupant compartment.

An example of a frontal passenger protection is a seatbelt. 

The proposal would not change existing occupant protection requirements for traditional vehicles with manual controls. 

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