It would also allow auto manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 self-driving cars a year that don't meet normal safety standards.
A bipartisan group of USA senators has been working on similar legislation and could circulate a draft of the measure this week. Experts have said that self-driving cars will drastically reduce road fatalities, most of which are caused by human error. "I'm pleased we made progress today on my bill, the ACCESS Act, to help communities unlock the full potential of autonomous vehicle technology". Labor unions successfully lobbied to exclude tractor-trailers, buses and other commercial vehicles from the House bill.
The Self-Driving Coalition for Safer Streets, which includes companies like Ford and Google's Waymo, has called for the federal government to release regulations dictating the use of self-driving vehicles to prevent states from releasing disparate regulations that hinder deployment.
Initially, authors proposed to allow automakers and others to sell up to 100,000 vehicles immediately.
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Serving as chairman of the House Energy Commerce Committee, Oregon Representative Greg Walden sees autonomous vehicles as providing an unprecedented increase in safety on our roadways. "Approximately 20 percent of Floridians are over the age of 65, and self-driving cars hold the power to safely put them back in the driver's seat of their lives by providing them with greater independence and mobility". Performance standards would be left to design by the federal government, while states would retain ownership of rules on licensing, registration, insurance and safety inspection.
President Donald Trump's administration is set to reveal modified self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in MI, in response to automakers' calls for removal of legal barriers to putting autonomous vehicles on the road, sources informed on the matter stated.
The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday approved legislation [HR 3388 materials] to allow self-driving cars into the marketplace.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and coalitions of groups backing automated vehicles, including vehicle and auto parts trade associations, and groups representing the blind, praised passage.