NHTSA issues rule allowing R&D exemptions for US manufacturers

NHTSA has issued a final rule that will allow U.S. manufacturers of vehicles and equipment to seek an exemption from federal safety standards for purposes of research or demonstration, according to a federal document.

The rule allows domestic manufacturers that produce nonconforming vehicles and equipment to operate those products on public roads — potentially speeding the development of automated driving systems and other forward-looking technologies in the U.S.