US House passes bill for self-driving cars

Posted September 10, 2017

"Today, the House passed the SELF DRIVE Act, which will improve transportation safety, stimulate economic growth and ensure we are embracing the full potential of technological advances in the automotive industry with respect to self-driving cars", Bilirakis said after the House approved the bill.

"We look forward to working with members of the House and Senate to enact autonomous vehicle legislation that enhances safety, creates new mobility opportunities, and facilitates innovation". That cap would rise to 100,000 per company per year in three years' time.

The House will vote on the bill under fast-track rules that allow no amendments.

A bipartisan group of US senators is working on a companion bill that is expected to begin circulating in draft form this week.

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"Automakers have been developing these technologies for years, and this legislation helps address a variety of barriers that otherwise block the ability to safely test and deploy these vehicle technologies", he says.

An Uber Volvo XC90 was involved in a minor crash during a test program near Phoenix.

Greg Rogers, policy analyst for the Eco Center for Transportation, told The Verge that the Senate is already in the process of drafting its own self-driving vehicle legislation.

A manufacturer may not sell, offer for sale, introduce or deliver for introduction into commerce, or import into the United States, any highly automated vehicle, vehicle that performs partial driving automation, or automated driving system unless such manufacturer has developed a cybersecurity plan.
As a result, this is just another step towards autonomous vehicle legislation, but it's one that's in the right direction.

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The new parameters from the Trump Administration are expected to be a bit more lax than the initial ones set forth by the Obama Administration in 2016.

Bipartisan support propelled the bill to the House floor, as the House Energy and Commerce committee unanimously cleared the measure in July.

The new measure would allow automakers to acquire permits for up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards, according to Reuters.

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.

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