House takes on future of driving and passes self-driving auto rules

This doesn't mean that these cars won't be held to safety standards; companies that participate will need to secure permits before they can put their self-driving cars on the road and will regularly submit safety assessments to regulators.

In a separate development, Reuters reported that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is expected to issue revised self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in MI.

The House unanimously approved on Wednesday the Self Drive Act, a bipartisan bill that limits states from controlling how automakers construct and design self-driving cars.

Google Tesla and Apple have to wait a little while longer to roll out self-driving cars
US House of Representatives passes new bipartisan self-driving car bill

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. Meanwhile, the states will handle matters like inspections, insurance and liability. Before the House vote, Ohio Republican Bob Latta, the bill's primary sponsor, called the technology "life saving".

Designers of self-driving cars have complained that the differing laws of each state have hindered the deployment of vehicles.

The Self Drive Act provides exemptions to automakers for 25,000 autonomous test vehicles that don't meet safety standards in the first year and rises to 100,000 vehicles over three years.


Soon, you could start seeing more self-driving cars on the road.

As The Drive reported earlier this morning, the Self Drive Act allows companies like Waymo, Uber, General Motors, and Ford to push out 25,000 autonomous cars per year that don't comply with current passenger auto safety regulations-you know, like having a steering wheel, or accelerator and brake pedals.

The bill mandates that all manufacturers of self-driving cars develop a cybersecurity plan that includes a process for detecting and responding to cyberattacks, mitigating vulnerabilities to attacks, and taking preventative and corrective action when necessary.


Recode reports that while the Senate may struggle to find time to vote on its version this year, the Trump administration is expected to issue a voluntary safety checklist for automakers as early as next week. What it does is permit auto companies to test up to 100,000 autonomous cars on public roads all across America, even if they do not meet local and state safety standards.

Prior guidelines were issued by the Obama administration last September.



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