Bill for Speedy Deployment of Self-Driving Cars in the U.S.
The U.S. House committee approved a new bill to speed the deployment of self-driving cars in the U.S expecting the congress to approve legislation before December 2017.
Around 25,000 autonomous vehicles would be deployed by automakers, during the first year, according to the bill, also expecting to increase the number of vehicles to 100,000 over three years.
Automakers hope that the regulations would exempt the use of autonomous vehicles, making it easier to deploy the technology. The current federal rules slab the use of autonomous without human controls on the roads of the U.S, while Canada has even more restrictive rules.
A measure, in order for the federal legislation to speed driving cars to the market, is to mandate all automakers to submit safety assessment reports to regulators. The legislation will take up the bill in September, meanwhile senators plan to present a similar measure.
“Our aim was to develop a regulatory structure that allows for industry to safely innovate with significant government oversight,” said Representative Greg Walden, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Under the House proposal, states would be able to set new rules on registration, liability, licensing, insurance and safety assessments, however, would not be able to set performance standards for self-driving cars.
Automakers would soon use public highways as their private laboratories, on the passage from the committee.
Automotive companies such as General Motors Co, Tesla Inc., and Volkswagen AG have been urging the legislation to speed up the deployment of self-driving cars. Since, the US has experienced a higher death rate due to road accidents, an urgency to set safety measures by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has become a necessity.
Without any change in regulations by the legislation in the U.S, automakers say that they would have to move the testing of self-driving cars to Europe and elsewhere instead.
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