NHTSA issues proposal to modernize crashworthiness standards for automated vehicles

On 17 March 2020, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend several crashworthiness and occupant protection Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS). While not covering all applicable FMVSS, this NPRM is a start in the effort to make way for vehicles equipped with automated driving systems (ADS) designed without traditional manual controls.

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