NHTSA allows domestic vehicles to apply for research exemptions

AV rule does not contain vehicle data access pathway.

Dot Headquarters 610x347By Madi Hawkins / ASA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – NHTSA has recently released an interim final rule that would allow manufacturers in the United States, particularly those manufacturing autonomous vehicles, to obtain permission from NHTSA to manufacture and test vehicles that do not currently comply with the Federal motor safety standards.

To date, NHTSA has only allowed manufacturers of foreign vehicles to obtain these types of exemptions for testing and research in the United States. However, barring domestic manufacturers from producing and testing new vehicle technology in the United States harms the domestic market and causes them to fall behind. This rule does not include any provisions that would assure vehicle data access for third-party users from the manufacturer. Vehicle data access has been a contentious issue in legislative efforts to provide similar research and manufacturing allowances through the U.S Congress.

To read the rule, click here.

Madi HeadshotMadi Hawkins serves as a Legislative Analyst in the Automotive Service Association’s Washington, D.C. office.  She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University with a major in Public Policy Studies.  Madi is originally from Austin, Texas, where she was born and raised, but now resides in Washington, D.C.