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House approves bill to ease deployment of self-driving cars

House approves bill to ease deployment of self-driving cars

The bill, which needs Senate approval before being sent to the White House, would prevent states from imposing regulations on autonomous vehicles that would make it more hard for manufacturers to deploy self-driving cars nationwide.

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill eliminated a state's ability to establish different autonomous driving rules than the federal government.

The legislation supports new guidelines finalized August 31 by the Transportation Department for autonomous vehicle testing, which are set to be unveiled next week by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao as self-driving testing site in MI.

Under the House proposal, states could still set rules on registration, licensing, liability, insurance and safety inspections, but could not set self-driving vehicle performance standards. That said, allowing such vehicles to be tested on public roads even without meeting the same safety standards as the other cars on the road could be a recipe for disaster.

"Despite requiring companies to develop a cybersecurity plan, the bill does not require automakers to notify consumers of system breaches or of updates to a car's security protections", the consumer group said.

Automakers and tech companies have warned of a potential patchwork of rules, where 50 states deliver 50 different sets of rules for self-driving vehicles.

The Senate has been debating a similar bill to SELF DRIVE, and they haven't passed any legislation yet.

Automakers and technology companies, including General Motors Co and Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit Waymo, have been pushing for new federal rules making it easier to deploy self-driving technology. A competing Senate bill under development may reportedly include regulations for self-driving trucks, but Axios reports opposition among labor unions remains high.

The non-binding policy was first issued by the Obama administration in September 2016 to provide some basic safety guidelines for autonomous vehicles while stopping-short of issuing new regulations.

Through these changes, supporters of the act hope that more companies can get more autonomous cars on the streets with fewer roadblocks (pun unintended) for testing.

Last month, Record reported that the US Federal Committee on Automation - a driverless-car federal advisory board formed by the the Barack Obama administration - had fizzled out under Trump.


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