Revisions to Ensure Safety of Self-Driving Vehicles Enacted

Politics

Tokyo, May 17 (Jiji Press)--Japan's parliament enacted on Friday legislative revisions aimed at creating systems to ensure the safety of self-driving vehicles.

The revisions to the road transport vehicle act, approved unanimously by the House of Councillors at a plenary session, call for applying vehicle safety standards to self-driving equipment necessary to check the surroundings, including cameras and radars.

Under the revised law, special certification will be granted to auto safety inspection business operators capable of undertaking maintenance work for self-driving equipment.

The original law did not have provisions assuming that vehicles can go self-driving.

The revisions also require automakers to provide technical information needed for inspections of self-driving equipment.

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