Lawmakers Issue Self-Driving Tech. Legislation

Federal Lawmakers Aim to Control Self-Driving Safety


Federal lawmakers have taken note of the recent logarithmic growth of technology, specifically in self-driving technology. Legislation has been presented due to help restrict the influx of technology flooding the industry due to safety concerns. As reported by Mark Edward Nero, at American Shipper,- “Two U.S. senators on Sept. 28 introduced bipartisan legislation that seeks to regulate self-driving vehicle technology by implementing a series of rules and regulations for manufacturers to follow.

The American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act (S. 1885), is sponsored by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Chair John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., are original cosponsors of the bill.”

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“Self-driving vehicles will completely revolutionize the way we get around in the future, and it is vital that public policy keep pace with these rapidly developing lifesaving technologies that will be on our roads in a matter of years,” said Peters, also a member of the Commerce Committee. Essentially, lawmakers want to pass a requirement on all manufactures (company currently creating such technology) to submit additional safety evaluation reports to the Secretary of Transportation with information addressing important factors, including but not limited to safety, crash worthiness, and cybersecurity through documented testing validation, and assessment.

lawmakers look to restrict self-driving tech

The bill also creates specific requirements for manufacturers to ensure that all self-driving vehicles account for state and local traffic laws, expands the Secretary of Transportation’s existing discretionary authority to implement an enhanced review and approval process for federal motor vehicle safety standards to prioritize safety for up to 100,000 vehicles per manufacturer three years after enactment.

New authorities for self-driving technologies in the AV START Act apply to vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less and the bill maintains existing Department of Transportation authority for advancing automated truck and bus technology in the future. The Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee is expected to consider the bill at an Oct. 4 legislative markup (currently six days away); nevertheless, it is an exciting time to see new technology slowly being implemented into everyday life.