Sunday, 24 September, 2017

US House passes bill for self-driving vehicle road testing

United States To Unveil Revised Self-Driving Car Guidelines US House of Representatives passes new bipartisan self-driving car bill
Lillian Steele | 10 September, 2017, 15:33

Bob Latta, Republican of OH, according to Bloomberg.

"We look forward to continue working with Members on both sides of the aisle in the House and the Senate to enhance auto safety and expanded mobility that will further solidify USA innovation and leadership".

The newly passed bill is created to accelerate the timeframe for allowing self-driving vehicles to be on the roads for testing without humans behind the wheel. It also instructs NHTSA to develop new standards for self-driving cars. Per the bill, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will still be tasked with setting regulations for the manufacturing of self-driving vehicles. "I am especially proud that my bill, the ACCESS Act, has been included in this important legislative package. We kept our heads down".

"With this legislation, innovation can flourish without the heavy hand of government", said Ohio Republican Bob Latta, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee that developed the legislation. A similar bill was already circulating in the upper chamber and could be put up for a vote yet this week.

Current federal rules bar self-driving cars without human controls on USA roads and automakers think proposed state rules in California are too restrictive. The issue has gained a sense of urgency after a rise of deadly crashes in recent years following a period of decline.

Companies including Waymo, GM, Ford Motor Co (F.N), Uber Technologies Inc UBER.UL, Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) and others are aggressively pursuing automated vehicle technologies. This bill also includes regulations on cyber security to prevent things like vehicle hacking from occurring.

Wade Newton, senior director of communications for the Auto Alliance, an industry lobbying group, says exempting the vehicles would speed development of beneficial new transportation technologies.

Safety advocates have raised red flags.

The legislation would allow up to 25,000 self-driving vehicles to be released onto public roads within the first year of enactment, and allow gradually allow a total of 100,000 vehicles within three years.

Meanwhile, some consumer groups have sought additional safeguards.

There are unresolved regulatory, safety and government funding issues, but the bill passed easily by voice vote on Tuesday, and its progress through Congress is widely supported.

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