NHTSA head Cliff is leaving to run California Air Resources Board

Dr. Steven Scott Cliff, nominee to be administrator of the National Highway Targeted traffic Safety Administration, testifies all through a Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Creating on Thursday, December 16, 2021.

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The Office of Transportation said on Friday that Steven Cliff, the head of the National Highway Traffic Security Administration, plans to go away the company in September soon after 3 months in the major job.

Ann Carlson, the main counsel of NHTSA, will acquire about Cliff’s duties, U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg explained to CNBC in a statement.

Cliff, who turned head of NHTSA in early June, is leaving to helm the California Air Methods Board, a climate company targeted on lowering air air pollution in the point out. CARB declared on Friday that Cliff was appointed as its subsequent CEO, just after Richard Corey, the prior CEO, retired at the finish of June.

In the course of his tenure with NHTSA, Cliff worked on new fuel financial state benchmarks, and new vehicle security procedures that are supposed to enhance protection for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. As far more advanced systems have been adopted by automakers, the company is progressively dealing with considerations about the protection of electric powered car batteries, and software program that’s controlling autos.

Automotive security activists, like Ralph Nader, have been contacting on NHTSA to cease Tesla from testing unfinished driver support program with everyday prospects on community U.S. roadways mainly because of how often it malfunctions.

Cliff led the company to issue a “standing basic order,” which mandates that automakers give NHTSA with data on lethal and other sizeable collisions that concerned their vehicles and innovative driver guidance units (ADAS), or more technologically advanced automatic driving systems.

ADAS alternatives offered in client cars involve Tesla’s Autopilot, Complete Self-Driving and FSD Beta techniques, Ford’s Blue Cruise and Cadillac’s SuperCruise. None of them make autos harmless for use without having an attentive human behind the wheel. Automated driving methods are featured in robotaxis staying developed by Waymo, Cruise and other people.

Cliff was nominated in October by President Joe Biden to lead the NHTSA following serving as deputy administrator due to the fact February 2021.

Secretary Buttigieg thanked Cliff for his service at the company “and his perform to shield the life of the American people by strengthening the safety of motor autos and lessening their emissions.” 

NHTSA declined to share any even further specifics about the situations of Cliff’s departure.

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