A U.S. regulator is asking for public comments on whether autonomous cars lacking steering wheels and brake pedals should be allowed on the nation’s streets.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has delayed action for 15 months on General Motors' request to deploy a small number of vehicles on U.S. roads without human controls.
GM wants the NHTSA to compare a vehicle in which all driving decisions are made by a computer to a vehicle piloted by a human driver.
NHTSA is also seeking public comment on a separate petition by driverless delivery startup Nuro to deploy a limited number of low-speed highly automated delivery vehicles without human occupants.
Both petitions seek exemptions from U.S. vehicle safety regulations written decades ago that assume human drivers would always be in control of a vehicle.
The NHTSA will accept public comments on the proposals for at least 60 days.
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