Outgoing NHTSA administrator David Strickland is expected to announce the agency’s plans for vehicle-to-vehicle communications and automatic braking soon.
Strickland hasn’t set a specific date for the announcement and won’t say whether or not NHTSA will seek to make automatic braking and connected car safety features mandatory in the future. The new rules could include provisions for advanced safety features like those to be included in NHTSA’s New Car Assessment program.
“NHTSA believes it has the capabilities — and the responsibilities — to estimate the effectiveness of these crash-avoidance systems, without waiting for years or crash data, in order to make regulatory decisions and save more lives,” Strickland said to Congress in May.
The National Transportation Safety Board wants NHTSA to make features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warnings and forward collision alerts mandatory. Automakers argue that integrating those features into all new cars will drive prices up by thousands of dollars.