US House passes self-driving cars bill

US House passes self-driving cars bill

Latta is chairman of the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that developed the legislation.

The Senate has also been working on its own self-driving bill, and plans to hold a hearing in September to debate whether it will cover trucking as well.

The bill (H.R. 3388), which now goes to the Senate, requires DOT to develop rules regarding self-driving cars sharing highways with standard vehicles. The bill would give companies the go-ahead to deploy as many as 25,000 self-driving cars even before they have been proven to meet modern automotive safety standards.

As The Drive reported earlier this morning, the Self Drive Act allows companies like Waymo, Uber, General Motors, and Ford to push out 25,000 autonomous cars per year that don't comply with current passenger auto safety regulations-you know, like having a steering wheel, or accelerator and brake pedals.

The legislations is aimed at giving auto manufacturers an edge in developing and rolling out new self-driving vehicle technologies here in the United States, but the freedoms it provides may be a cause for concern.

"If we're going to stay at the forefront of innovation and technology in this country, we have to be driving the technology for autonomous vehicles", Michigan Democratic Representative Debbie Dingell said before the vote. "We kept our heads down".

"There is strong bi-partisan support for the committee's self-driving vehicle legislation". The lopsided vote came in spite of concerns raised by some Democrats and criticism over the lack of input on the bill from NHTSA, which still doesn't have a top official appointed by the Trump administration. A 2014 report from the administration says traffic crashes account for $836 billion in economic loss, with human error responsible for 94 percent of crashes. Labor unions successfully lobbied to exclude tractor-trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles from the House bill. Of course, vehicle manufacturers have a long history of fighting regulations, but a new study suggests tech executives also hate red tape.

Safety advocates have raised red flags.

Meanwhile, some consumer groups have sought additional safeguards.

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.