Ron Medford, the former deputy director of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, has left the federal government to join Google. Medford will take on a new role as the tech giant's director of safety for self-driving cars. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood praised Medford's work with NHTSA, saying, "no one individual has worked harder to protect the safety of the traveling public."

The former deputy directory had a hand in all of the safety issues NHTSA investigated in recent years and helped set new safety rules and regulations. He also played a large role in finalizing 2017-2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy requirements.

NHTSA is currently in the midst of crafting regulations and performance standards for driverless cars, with administrator David Strickland saying the government agency is working on a three-year research project designed to gather data for the task. Google, meanwhile, has already logged some 300,000 miles with its fleet of autonomous vehicles.


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      Justin
      • 2 Years Ago
      As long as I'm never forced to own an autonomous car then I'll live with it. But you know how these things work with government...
        Danrar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Justin
        The way I see this working: Autonomous cars gain certain rights and access to special lanes/closed sections of roadway. For instance, an autonomous convoy can go 100mph with the gap being determined by the longest stopping distance in the convoy. You, as a puny human, could not have the reaction time to stop the vehicle - even if you had an in-car notification that the lead vehicle slammed the brakes on, which is what the computer would act on.
      Mike Lee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Self-driving cars is the STUPIDest thing I've ever heard of(!)
        Eta Carinae
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Lee
        Yeah,just like everything else that take the process out of something right ?!? Let me guess you flew to Colombia and grounded your own coffee this morning ? Or wait....you connected your phone to the internet using dial up to make this asinine remark........autonomous cars will be in the future shortly and likely drop the rate of vehicular accidents.....stop living in your own little and catch a clue
        kevsflanagan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Lee
        Not really while part of me hates the idea overall its a bonus for us drivers who actually pay attention. Think of it this way, drivers who don't normally pay attention or see driving as a "chore" can buy these self-driving cars while those of us who do drive can live in happiness knowing they won't be clogging up the fast lane or going xx-mile per hour slower than they should. Its a win-win. Plus you know for a fact that these cars will have so many computers and one of the most basic aspects will be when its self-driving and when its not so people can't claim "It wasnt me it was the car".
        KaiserWilhelm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Mike Lee
        Stupidest is not a word.
          Richard
          • 2 Years Ago
          @KaiserWilhelm
          You were saying? http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/stupidest http://oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/stupid
      Jobu
      • 2 Years Ago
      Real story here: Google hires world's most uniquely qualified lobbyist to make Google the world's preeminent Corporate Crony empire which will pave the way to keep generations of ****** at Google rich and ****** in DC rich and elected. If this isn't sick and bad enough, now they want to do it under the guise of 'keeping We the Sheeple safe' and will remove one of my last recreations (driving, loving the open road). I guess the studies of how dumb we are and why we are too distracted to drive will follow shortly. In short, F them. Go back to regulating water, ass clowns!!
      DraGuLa
      • 2 Years Ago
      A bureaucrat in a tech company...that can't be good for google.
        wilkegm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @DraGuLa
        Actually, its great for Google- you see, when you have something you're not sure you can sell, you get the Gov't to make people buy it- ideally when you're the only one with a product that can meet the requirement. Or your bureaucrat helps you get huge subsidies to insurance companies for creating deeply discounted coverage to autonomous vehicles.