I think the obstacles in this are formidable. With respect to the things the department needs to balance, there are serious competing interests. I go back to the starting point of when issues are identified, and it takes 10 years to put a regulation in place, that sounds like a system that isn't completely working. When technology is changing as fast as this technology changes, when you have regulations that deal with the types of lights on a vehicle but there is nothing that says anything about some of the semi-autonomous and autonomous software that allows cars to operate with less driver intervention, it makes you wonder whether the regulatory system is complete and robust enough.
I start with what the end result looks like, and say that what the department needs to figure out is what the regulatory system should be doing. The types of things they need to consider, as I said, are formidable. What's going on in the U.S.? Do we need to harmonize with the U.S.? What's the impact on trade? What's the impact on the cost of a vehicle? What's the impact on the environment of having regulations or not having regulations? How much research do they need to have before they bring in a regulation?
There are a number of things they need to sort out within that regulatory framework. But it seems to me that right now, the regulatory framework is one that just cannot keep pace with the rate of change. The fundamental question is whether the way they're operating the regulatory system right now is achieving what it was intended to achieve.