BERLIN — Drivers can expect to make a few adjustments to their ride-sharing services in the near future as the federal government introduces new rules to limit their use in cars.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration said Monday it will ban the use of self-driving cars on public roads, meaning drivers must be in their seat.
The rules were developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The agency has been studying how self-balancing vehicles, like the ones equipped with Autonomous Assist, might be used in carpooling.
The new rules also ban drivers from using their own vehicles for work-related errands.
If the new rules are implemented as scheduled, drivers will need to take a second seat, or pay for their own.
Autonomous systems have been in use in self-parking vehicles for about a year, and have been used to avoid collisions with cars.
Autonomy has been used in self service vehicles, which are owned by ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft.
Drivers have also been using the technology to help steer other vehicles around their routes.
The regulations are expected to be finalized this fall, according to the National Transportation Safety Board.
The bureau has also begun looking at self-service vehicles and whether to allow drivers to use them in the future.
The bureau has a pilot program in which ride-share drivers have been using their vehicles to ferry people from New York to Boston to New Orleans.
The program was supposed to be rolled out by the end of this year, but the driver shortage forced the bureau to postpone it.