A recent NPRM regarding occupant protection for AVs provides 4 guiding principles NHTSA is using to address Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) reform and regulatory barriers. These include: (1) maintaining current performance requirements, (2) reducing unnecessary barriers and uncertainty for manufacturers, (3) maintaining the current regulatory text structure, and (4) remaining tech neutral. In addition to other recommendations made by the CCD Transportation Task Force (TF) in comments, NHTSA should adopt a fifth guideline: "Ensuring access and safety for all passengers and road users, including passengers with disabilities and older adults." The guidelines would be a reminder to staff and all stakeholders of the commitment and potential of this work going forward.
Idea No. 343