On May 30, 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) unveiled its preliminary policy statement on automated vehicles—defined by NHTSA as vehicles in which some, or all, of the main controls are managed without direct input from the driver. Vehicles with varying levels of automation are already out on the roads and many more are in development, ranging from vehicles that can automatically assist in keeping the vehicle in its lane to vehicles that are capable of driving themselves without any assistance from the driver.  For more information, click here.

This post was contributed by Michael Kuppersmith, an associate in Crowell & Moring’s Washington, D.C. office.