FMCSA calls for public comments on rules affecting autonomous commercial vehicles

March 28, 2018
FMCSA calls for public comments on rules affecting autonomous commercial vehicles

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced in the Federal Register that it wants public comments on existing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs) that may need to be updated, modified, or eliminated to facilitate the safe introduction of automated driving systems (ADS) equipped commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) onto our nation's roadways.

Comments are due by May 10, 2018.

To assist in this undertaking, FMCSA commissioned the US Department of Transportation's John A Volpe National Transportation Systems Center to conduct a preliminary review of the FMCSRs to identify regulations that may relate to the development and safe introduction of ADS.

The Agency requests comments on this report, including whether any of FMCSA's current safety regulations may hinder the testing and safe integration of ADS-equipped CMVs. Further, FMCSA requests comment on certain specific regulatory requirements that are likely to be affected by an increased integration of ADS-equipped CMVs.

However, the Agency is not seeking comments on its financial responsibility requirements because they are not directly related to CMV technologies and because future insurance requirements will depend in part on the evolution of state tort law with respect to liability for the operation of ADS-equipped vehicles. In addition, to support FMCSA's effort to understand future impacts on the FMCSR's, FMCSA requests information, including from companies engaged in the design, development, testing, and integration of ADS-equipped CMVs into the fleet.

Specifically, the Agency requests information about: The scenarios and environments where entities expect that ADS will soon be tested and integrated into CMVs operating on public roads or in interstate commerce; the operational design domains (ODD) in which these systems are being operated or would be tested and eventually deployed; and, measures they believe are required to ensure the protection of any proprietary or confidential business information they intend to share with the Agency.