The U.S. Department of Transportation and the Hyperloop TechnologyJanuary 11, 2020
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a request for information (RFI) on non-traditional and emerging transportation technology. It includes hypeloop as well, as it is a promising concept that is being constantly developed by various companies and student teams, not only in the United States but all over the world. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) was obligated to submit their feedback on the issue by January 10 deadline.
ANSI coordinates US standardization activities. It is also responsible for representing US interests to international standards bodies. The Institute has submitted their coordinated response in order to back newly developed areas of transportation.
Last year, the DOT established the Non-Traditional and Emerging Transportation Technology (NETT) Council. It is responsible for the identification of jurisdictional and regulatory gaps that may occur along with the new technologies. The council is also tasked with coming up with solutions for those problems.
In ANSI’s response to the DOT RFI we can read:
“Many experts believe that non-traditional and emerging transportation technology such as autonomous vehicles, hyper loop, tunneling, and other innovations will be a significant part of the future of the automotive industry. According to the National Council of State Legislatures (NCSL), as these technologies continue to develop, it will become necessary for state and municipal governments to address the potential impacts of these vehicles on the road. Many states have enacted legislation related to autonomous vehicles and drones. In 2018, 15 states enacted autonomous vehicle-related bills. Governors in Arizona, Delaware, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Washington, and Wisconsin have issued executive orders related to autonomous vehicles. According to the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress, patchy and incompatible regulations across the states will have a detrimental effect on innovation and technical solutions at the forefront of a new transportation paradigm.
It is ANSI’s position that states should rely on robust private sector-led standards in nontraditional technology areas. States should also rely on accredited certifications to grant licenses to personnel involved with the non-traditional and emerging transportation technology.”
This response shows that the regulations should be unified across the states and the standards should be developed by private sectors. This way, the U.S. can create a favourable climate for innovation in question to flourish.
In the conclusion ANSI stated:
“As the coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, we stand ready to support DOT and the nation by helping to facilitate private-sector-led standardization solutions to advance these technologies, as appropriate.”