SELF DRIVE Act of 2017 passes House of Representatives
The previously reported H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act of 2017, has unanimously passed through the House of Representatives by a voice vote.
The goal of the legislation is to ensure the safe and innovative development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars. This is an attempt by the government to update federal motor vehicle safety standards to reflect the needs of cars without traditional design features.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this legislation improves its ability to adapt federal safety standards to the emerging technology, and it clarifies federal and state roles with respect to self-driving cars.
The legislation lays out a non-prescriptive framework for the NHTSA to update existing safety standards and write new ones. According to the Ranking Member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), part of that effort would require autonomous vehicle manufacturers to submit safety assessment certifications. She says that information will help inform NHTSA's future rulemaking and help build consumer confidence in the technologies.
“Self-driving cars hold the promise of making America’s roads safer, creating new economic opportunities, and helping seniors and those with disabilities live more independently. The SELF DRIVE Act strikes the critical balance of enhancing consumer safety while promoting the continued development of this cutting-edge technology,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH). “This bipartisan bill paves the way for advanced collision avoidance systems and self-driving cars nationwide, and ensures that America stays a global leader in innovation.”