House Gives Unanimous Green Light to Self-Driving Cars

House Gives Unanimous Green Light to Self-Driving Cars

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bipartisan bill aiming to clear the path for driverless vehicles.

The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bipartisan bill aiming to clear the path for driverless vehicles.

The SELF DRIVE Act, passed by a unanimous voice vote, “clarifies the federal and state roles for regulating highly automated vehicles (HAVs) to encourage the testing, development and deployment of HAVs in the United States,” U.S. Rep. and bill sponsor Debbie Dingell explained in a news release.

The bill also requires states to adhere to federal laws regulating autonomous vehicles.

With passage of the bill, “we are one step closer to reshaping American innovation for generations to come,” said Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan. “Automated vehicles have the potential to transform mobility in this country – reducing congestion on our roads, providing greater independence to seniors and those with disabilities, and helping to prevent the 35,000 deaths on our roadways each year.”

Dingell also said the bill is about keeping the United States on equal footing with other nations that are developing self-driving vehicles.

“Automated vehicles are going to be developed whether we like it or not,” Dingell said. “The question is whether the United States will remain in the driver’s seat as opposed to China, Japan or even the EU, who are all making significant investments in this space.”

Dingell noted that the bill includes “important safety provisions,” including requirements for manufacturers to submit safety-assessment certifications and develop written cybersecurity plans for driverless vehicles. The bill also directs the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to develop new HAV standards.

You May Also Like

NABC to Host Third Golf Fundraising Event of 2024

The NABC Changing and Saving Lives Foundation will host the third golf fundraising event of 2024 Sept. 9 at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo.

The National Auto Body Council (NABC) Changing and Saving Lives Foundation will host the third golf fundraising event of 2024 Sept. 9 at Boone Valley Golf Club in Augusta, Mo., just outside of St. Louis. The golf fundraiser presented by Enterprise will be followed by a Recycled Rides presention at the event. Player registration is now open, and sponsorships are available.

Honda Starts Production on 2025 Honda CR-V Fuel Cell EV

The all-new CR-V e:FCEV is the first production hydrogen FCEV in the U.S. to combine an all-new U.S.-made fuel cell system with plug-in EV charging capability.

I-CAR Launches I-CAR Academy New Early Career Tech Program

I-CAR Academy is the first industry-neutral, comprehensive early career program designed specifically to attract, train and retain technicians.

Spanesi Offers Technical Training at U.S. Headquarters

Spanesi is offering training courses from factory-trained individuals at its U.S. headquarters in Naperville, Ill.

SCRS Announces Repairer Driven Education Registration Now Open

RDE is the most comprehensive collision repair education series of the year, delivered live at the SEMA Show and then made available online for the industry.

Other Posts

IIHS Survey: Most Drivers OK with Anti-Speeding Tech in Vehicles

More than 60% of drivers would find it acceptable if their vehicle provided an audible and visual warning when they exceeded the posted speed limit.

TEXA Releases IDC5 CAR 76.6.0 Software Update

Innovation of the TEXA IDC5 software is focused on new vehicle coverage as well as new diagnostic feature functionality.

Crash Champions Expands Idaho Service

Crash Champions has announced the addition of its 11th Idaho location.

NABC Donates Recycled Ride to S.C. Army Widow

The NABC, GEICO and Better Collision recently donated a refurbished vehicle to the widow of a deceased military veteran.