In a statement, the department said the earmark is intended to "accelerate the development and adoption of safe vehicle automation through real-world pilot projects."
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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this term describes "any time a driver takes their eyes off the road, hands off the wheel and mind off the primary task — driving safely."
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