The SELF DRIVE Act (H.R. 3388), the bipartisan bill supporting the safe development of self-driving cars, is set to be considered on the House floor next week, as reported by Reuters. Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) applauded the announcement.
“With the SELF DRIVE Act coming to the House floor, we are beginning to unlock the full potential of self-driving cars to make roads safer, create new economic opportunities, and help seniors and those with disabilities live more independently. We are proud of the strong bipartisan nature of this legislation, demonstrating our commitment to consumer safety and innovation. This vote will pave the way for the safe testing, development, and deployment of self-driving cars across the U.S,” said Walden and Latta.
U.S. House to vote on self-driving car legislation next week
The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Wednesday on a sweeping proposal to speed the deployment of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from blocking autonomous vehicles, congressional aides said.
The bill, which was passed unanimously by a House panel in July, would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year, a cap that would rise to 100,000 vehicles annually over three years.
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For more information, resources, and articles about the SELF DRIVE Act, be sure to check out the committee’s newly unveiled webpage at energycommerce.house.gov/selfdrive.
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