Federal Automated Vehicles Policy: Accelerating the Next Revolution In Roadway Safety [open pdf - 1MB]
From the Executive Summary, "For the last 50 years, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has been committed to saving lives and improving safety and efficiency in every way Americans move--by planes, trains, automobiles, bicycles, foot, and more. DOT, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), has carried out that mission on U.S. roadways in part by consistently embracing new technologies that make driving, riding, biking, and walking safer. Twentieth century automobile technologies (such as seat belts, air bags, child seats, and antilock brakes)--developed in the private sector and brought to the nation's driving public through NHTSA's safety programs and regulatory authority--are responsible for saving hundreds of thousands of lives. Today, the automobile industry is on the cusp of a technological transformation that holds promise to catalyze an unprecedented advance in safety on U.S. roads and highways. The development of advanced automated vehicle safety technologies, including fully self-driving cars, may prove to be the greatest personal transportation revolution since the popularization of the personal automobile nearly a century ago."
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: http://www.nhtsa.gov/