Self-Driving Car Bill to the Known as the AV Start Act is Stalled in Congress


April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 24m 2018 (truckinginfo.com).  According to an online report from truckinginfo.com, an autonomous driving bill is stalled in Congress.*

A bill, if passed will be known as the AV Start Act, will enable vehicle manufacturers to sell over eighty thousand self-driving automobiles on an annual basis.  However, it is facing uncertainty as to being passed since about five senators are questioning the bill, according to the Detroit News.

While the bill aims to create standards for autonomous vehicles, it comes soon after serious accidents involving Tesla and Uber self-driving vehicles.  One of these accidents resulted in the death of a pedestrian.

Although a similar bill has been passed by Congress, key supporters of the bill,  including Sens. Gary Peters (D-MI) and John Thune (R-SD), are trying to gain the support of those doubting the efficacy of the bill, including Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Ed Markey (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Tom Udall (D-NM).

Those reluctant to back the bill feel that it forever preempts local and state safety laws and regulations, despite the fact that if federal safety measures are ever created.

According to the article, “under the proposed bill, the Department of Transportation would be responsible for producing a report on provisions in federal motor vehicle safety standards that need to be updated to ensure self-driving cars can perform tasks that are currently required of human operators as well as creating a technical safety committee for highly automated cars, noted the Detroit News report.”

The bill would, in effect, disallow states and local jurisdictions from creating regulations pertaining to the “design, construction, software or communication” of cars.  However, states will not be prohibited from regulating the “registration, licensing, liability, education and training, insurance, and traffic laws.”

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