>> Designed to be a hands on->> The US government is looking to get in the driver's seat when it comes to self-driving cars. The Obama administration releasing Tuesday, detailed proposals for regulating the cars of the future. Including a deeper involvement in the design of the autonomous vehicle systems and for manufacturers to share more information about how they work and fail.
Reuters reporter David Shepardson.>> I think this is a big step forward for the whole industry that's been looking for a signal from the US government that they enthusiastically back the technology. And the Administration showed, in today's announcement, that they're gonna take a number of steps to try to help companies speed this technology to market.
>> The move follows a high profile fatal crash of a Tesla car in Florida which was on auto pilot mode. All major car makers and several technology companies, from Google to Uber, are focusing on self-driving technology for the future. But today, carmakers don't need approval for technology like cruise control mechanisms, for short intervals of hands-free driving before it's sold to consumers.
So the the idea is to get automakers to submit the new systems to regulators for a review in a process similar to that used with aircraft. And to require reporting on the results of the testing of the self-driving systems. The proposals also touch on issues from the ethics of robot guided vehicles should a self-driving car hit a pedestrian or protect those in the car where a crash is unavoidable to whether self-driving cars should be allowed to speed.