• January 21st, 2015

The head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration wants search engine Google Inc. to ensure that its autonomous cars that it plans to test later this year are safe.

NHTSA Administrator Mark Rosekind said he’s told Google to think about safety when it tests and builds its self-driving cars.

“Take the same really great creative thinking that you put in your technology and put it into safety. What can you do with all that brain power that you are putting on the car driving side and put into safety? Show me something new and different in innovation there. That’s the part I’m waiting from them,” Rosekind told The Detroit News on the sidelines of an SAE meeting in Washington. “You have to have innovation and safety together.”