Lawmakers are showing an interest in the potential for autonomous vehicles, as the House passed this week a bipartisan driverless car bill while the Senate is preparing its own version of a self-driving car bill soon.
The “Self Drive Act” (H.R. 3388) gives companies more freedom to develop and test the technology without dealing with varying regulations in each individual state. The law also allows 25,000 autonomous cars on the road in the first year and says manufacturers can eventually deploy up to 100,000 self-driving test vehicles per year that wouldn’t comply with normal safety standards.
A one-pager for the bill says, “Self-driving cars hold the potential to make roads safer, create new economic opportunities, and help seniors and those with disabilities live more independently.”
The video above shows several lawmakers showing their support for the bill. You can see the full text of the bill here.