TruckingInfo reports that NHTSA’s acting administrator James Owens is making encouraging noises about advanced automotive lighting and crash avoidance technology:
“NHTSA is also working on issuing a final rule later this year that would allow truck and motor vehicle manufacturers the option to install adaptive driving beam headlamps, which use automated technology to provide more light for drivers, while also identifying and shading drivers and other vehicles from the upper beam headlamps.”
The report also quotes Owens as saying “NHTSA is also actively engaged in research and rulemaking related to the safe development and testing of automated driving systems. These systems hold the potential to one day help prevent fatal crashes, save lives and reduce crash severity.”
James C. Owens serves as the Deputy Administrator of the NHTSA,leading the execution of NHTSA’s mission of setting safety standards for motor vehicles and vehicle equipment, facilitating the testing and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies, rooting out vehicle defects, and educating Americans to help them drive, ride, and walk safely.