And no, it’s not an engineer. Or even just someone who works for a car company. It will be – it is – someone who works for the government.
Her name is Heidi King and she is deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration – the government bureaucracy that somehow acquired the power to dictate car design. She will be testifying today at a House oversight hearing Wednesday about what NHTSA is doing as regards regulating auto safety, and on its priorities for the coming year.
It warms the heart, doesn’t it?
NHTSA will also be fatwa’ing rules pertaining to automated cars. King, et al, will decide how much risk we’re going to be exposed to. Our decisions will be limited to whether to buy what they they decree. But we will have no choice about being exposed to automated cars driven by others.
Well, driven by the Hive Mind, with others (meatsacks) on board for the automated ride.
Last fall, the House passed the SELF DRIVE Act, which sets the framework for NHTSA to regulate testing and deployment of automated vehicles and prevent states from interfering with the setting of vehicle performance standards. Similar legislation is stalled in the Senate, where safety groups successfully have argued that it gives auto and tech companies too much freedom to deploy technology without having backup systems for human control.
NHTSA is expected to unveil a third round of fatwas governing automated vehicle development later this year.
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