Ann Carlson, shown in an undated photo, has served as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where she started as chief counsel in 2021. Carlson is leaving the agency on Wednesday to resume teaching at the UCLA School of Law.(NHTSA via AP)
Ann Carlson, shown in an undated photo, has served as acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where she started as chief counsel in 2021. Carlson is leaving the agency on Wednesday to resume teaching at the UCLA School of Law.(NHTSA via AP)

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Ann Carlson for CT Insider — Departing US road safety chief says agency has the people and knowhow to regulate high-tech vehicles

UCLA professor of environmental law Ann Carlson concludes her tenure as the acting administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to return to teaching at UCLA School of Law. CT Insider delves into her time at NHTSA, where Carlson played a key role in making autonomous vehicle companies and automakers report crashes involving automated systems, creating a comprehensive database. In an interview, she discussed various issues, including the safety problems with Tesla’s Autopilot, the agency’s efforts to enforce recalls, and the need for regulations in the rapidly evolving self-driving vehicle sector.