House Passes Bill to Speed Introduction of Self-Driving Vehicles

United States To Unveil Revised Self Driving Car Guidelines

Current federal rules bar self-driving cars without human controls on US roads and automakers think proposed state rules in California are too restrictive.

The U.S. House on Wednesday unanimously approved a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles.

Traditionally, the federal government has regulated vehicle safety, and states have handled vehicle operations, such as issuing driver licenses.

The House bill would put the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in charge of regulating self-driving vehicle safety and preempt competing rules at the state level.

"Gizmodo quoted Ohio Republican Bob Latta as saying", With this legislation, innovation can flourish without the heavy hand of government". The trio serve on the Senate commerce committee, which on September 6 announced a September 13 hearing to examine autonomous commercial vehicles and how they may fit into the Senate's self-driving vehicle legislation.

Consumer advocates have sought more changes, including giving the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration quicker access to crash data and more funding to oversee self-driving cars. Companies must draft security and privacy plans for autonomous vehicles and document their approach for ensuring self-driving auto safety. It would also allow automakers to deploy 25,000 self-driving cars in the first year, a number that would rise to 100,000 over a three-year time span.

The legislation heads to the Senate where a bipartisan group is working on a similar measure, but hasn't brought it to the floor for a vote.

President Donald Trump's administration is set to unveil revised self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in MI, responding to automakers' calls for elimination of legal barriers to putting autonomous vehicles on the road, sources briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

Companies like Google-owned Waymo, Telsa, Uber, and longtime automotive manufacturers such as General Motors, have had to tiptoe around strict regulations in their testing of autonomous auto tech, and this legislation would certainly remove some of those road blocks.

Automakers raised numerous concerns about the Obama administration guidance, including the suggestion that automakers should submit systems to regulators for review before putting them on the market.



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