The U.S. public is being asked to comment on the potential development of a framework of principles to govern the safe behavior of automated driving systems (ADS) in the future.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has submitted an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) which is available online.

“This rulemaking will help address legitimate public concerns about safety, security and privacy without hampering innovation in the development of automated driving systems,” said U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L Chao.

Currently there are no ADS-equipped vehicles available for sale to the public today and the NHTSA says widescale deployment of ADS-equipped vehicles is likely years away. However, the NHTSA says it has identified elements of a framework necessary for objectively defining and assessing ADS competence.