US guidelines on self-driving cars get good reception at G-7

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  • In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second right, talks with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii during their meeting held on the sidelines of G7 Transport Ministers' meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety. (Junko Ozaki/Kyodo News via AP)

    In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second right, talks with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii during their meeting held on the sidelines of G7 Transport Ministers'... meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety. (Junko Ozaki/Kyodo News via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second right, talks with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii, second left, during their meeting held on the sidelines of G7 Transport Ministers' meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety. (Junko Ozaki/Kyodo News via AP)

    In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second right, talks with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii, second left, during their meeting held on the sidelines of G7 ... Transport Ministers' meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety. (Junko Ozaki/Kyodo News via AP) (The Associated Press)

  • In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second right, talks with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii during their meeting held on the sidelines of G7 Transport Ministers' meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, north of Tokyo.  Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety. (Junko Ozaki/Kyodo News via AP)

    In this Friday, Sept. 23, 2016 photo, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, second right, talks with Japan's Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Keiichi Ishii during their meeting held on the sidelines of G7 Transport Ministers'... meeting in Karuizawa, Nagano Prefecture, north of Tokyo. Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety. (Junko Ozaki/Kyodo News via AP) (The Associated Press)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says his counterpart ministers from the Group of Seven nations welcomed the new U.S. guidelines on regulating self-driving cars at a weekend meeting in Japan, and they agreed to work together to maintain safety.

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Foxx called the guidelines released earlier this month the most comprehensive on autonomous vehicles. He said Sunday they got an "enthusiastic reception" at the meeting in Karuizawa, a resort town northwest of Tokyo.

Foxx, speaking in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, stressed road tests must continue to encourage innovation in the technology, noting self-driving cars shouldn't be held up to "perfection," and crashes happen with regular vehicles.

He declined to comment on the investigation into the Tesla Autopilot system, which was involved in a fatal crash.