US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao calls for looser rules on self-driving

The U.S. needs to relax its regulations to pave the way for development of self-driving vehicles, Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao told Nikkei in a written interview.

“Many of our vehicle safety regulations are outdated and actually prevent the introduction of new advanced safety technologies in new vehicles,” Chao said.

She also described the U.S. as “home to the world’s leading autonomous vehicle companies” and indicated that America has the upper hand in an intensifying competition for technology with China, Japan and Europe.