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DISRUPTER SERIES: #SubCMT to Review Self-Driving Cars NEXT WEEK


Subcommittee to Examine the Potential of Autonomous Vehicles and How Exciting New Technology Could Improve Safety, Increase Mobility, and Boost Efficiency

WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, chaired by Rep. Michael C. Burgess, M.D. (R-TX), has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, November 15, at 10:30 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Disrupter Series: Self-Driving Cars.”

The Disrupter Series continues next week with an examination of self-driving cars. Members will explore the potential impact of self-driving cars on driver and roadway safety and how this emerging technology could improve mobility, increase vehicle efficiency, and create new opportunities including economic growth and transportation access for the disabled and underserved communities. Members will also examine the Federal Automated Vehicles Policy guidance issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in September.

“The 21st century has spurred a new wave of innovation that is disrupting the marketplace as we know it, and the automotive industry is no exception,” said Burgess. “Next week’s hearing provides us the opportunity to review the potential impact this innovative technology will have on safety and economic growth, while allowing us to examine any regulatory roadblocks hindering its development. Driverless cars are no longer a far off idea of the future – the technology is here. Given the safety and recent rise in traffic related fatalities, it’s important we get this life-saving technology right. I look forward to hearing from industry experts next week about how we bring self-driving vehicles to consumers and businesses alike and what protections should be considered as best practices and guidelines continue to be developed.”

Throughout the last year, the subcommittee’s Disrupter Series has provided an opportunity to better understand how federal policies both help and hinder growth of emerging technologies. The series has helped shaped the drafting of thoughtful, targeted legislation to ensure our policies are modernized for the 21st century and put innovation first. Next week’s hearing builds upon previous discussions of mobile health care apps, the Internet of Things, sharing economy, drones, mobile payments, 3D printing, and digital currency.

The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.

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