Driverless Vehicles – Government Regulations? A Good Idea?02 Nov

Politico recently commented on driverless vehicle regulations from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). “NHTSA’s guidance for self-driving cars left open the possibility that the agency could seek the power to approve vehicle prototypes before they hit the market…If the federal government had to certify ‘every model, every car,’ it would be a ‘huge barrier to entry and could affect how quickly car models could be introduced,’ said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association.”

The Hill recently reported, “NHTSA uses the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pre-market regulatory powers as an example of the type of process they would like to emulate…The FAA certification often lasts three to five years…That fact alone should foreclose further discussion about the wisdom of NHTSA employing an FAA-like pre-market approval regime for driverless cars.” As a worst case scenario, nearly 150,000 motorists would have died during a five-year approval review.  Note that there are currently more than 30,000 annual vehicle fatalities in the United States

What’s more important, expanding Government regulations or saving lives?

J. H. Everson SBIR Consultant

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About Dr. Everson

Prior to forming this SBIR consultant practice, Dr. Jeffrey Everson was director of business development for QinetiQ North America’s Technology Solutions Group (previously Foster-Miller, Inc.).

Dr. Everson has won and been the principal investigator for several SBIR programs, including a Phase I program for NASA, a Phase I project for the U.S. Air Force, and Phase I and II contracts from the U.S. Department of Transportation. For the Phase II program, he received a Tibbetts Award for exemplifying the best in SBIR achievement.

Previously Dr. Everson held senior scientist positions at Battelle Memorial Institute, The Analytic Sciences Corporation (TASC), Honeywell Electro Optics Systems Division, and Itek Optical Systems Division.

He holds a PhD in physics from Boston College and a MS/BS in physics from Northeastern University.


For more information about how JHEverson Consulting can help your company with its SBIR and STTR proposals, please contact Jeff Everson.

JHEverson Consulting is based in the Boston area but consults for clients throughout North America. It also is supported by affiliated consultants.