House Committee Moves Forward with Autonomous Vehicle Bill

The Energy and Commerce Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill that would establish federal guidelines for the development of self-driving cars. The bill would allow auto manufacturers to deploy up to 100,000 driverless cars per year without meeting existing auto safety standards. (For example, these vehicles may not have to have a steering wheel and floor pedals.) The bill also prohibits states from regulating the design, construction, software, or communication of driverless cars, although local governments would still regulate things like registration, licensing, and traffic laws. The full House is expected to vote on the bill in the fall.

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