US House unanimously approves sweeping self-driving vehicle measure

Google self-driving Lexus cars in Mountain View Calif

The House unanimously approved on Wednesday the Self Drive Act, a bipartisan bill that limits states from controlling how automakers construct and design self-driving cars. The Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act, or the "Self Drive Act" now moves to the Senate.

As The Drive reported earlier this morning, the Self Drive Act allows companies like Waymo, Uber, General Motors, and Ford to push out 25,000 autonomous cars per year that don't comply with current passenger vehicle safety regulations-you know, like having a steering wheel, or accelerator and brake pedals. Over three years, the cap would hit 100,000 cars.

And, states could still set rules on registration, licensing, liability, insurance and safety inspectors.

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Automakers and tech companies have warned of a potential patchwork of rules, where 50 states deliver 50 different sets of rules for self-driving vehicles.

In a separate development, Reuters reported that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao is expected to issue revised self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in MI.

A manufacturer may not sell, offer for sale, introduce or deliver for introduction into commerce, or import into the United States, any highly automated vehicle, vehicle that performs partial driving automation, or automated driving system unless such manufacturer has developed a cybersecurity plan.
Early reports indicate debate over whether the Senate version should include provisions related to commercial trucks - a topic absent in the House bill.

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President Donald Trump's administration is set to unveil revised self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in MI, responding to automakers' calls for elimination of legal barriers to putting autonomous vehicles on the road, sources briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

Automakers and technology companies, including General Motors Co and Alphabet Inc's self-driving unit Waymo, have been pushing for new federal rules making it easier to deploy self-driving technology.

Companies like Google-owned Waymo, Telsa, Uber, and longtime automotive manufacturers such as General Motors, have had to tiptoe around strict regulations in their testing of autonomous auto tech, and this legislation would certainly remove some of those road blocks.

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