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House Passes Bill Easing Autonomous Vehicle Testing Restrictions

States barred from changing testing rules.

by on Sep.06, 2017

U.S. House Republicans passed a bill eliminated a state's ability to establish different autonomous driving rules than the federal government.

Automakers are celebrating as the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Self Drive Act, which cut back the regulations on testing and developing autonomous cars and light trucks.

The newly passed bill is designed to accelerate the timeframe for allowing self-driving vehicles to be on the roads for testing without humans behind the wheel. It also bars states from preventing such testing, which many car companies claim is critical to getting the vehicles to consumers within the next three to four years. The bill is being fast-tracked so no amendments can be added.

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The legislation heads to the Senate where a bipartisan group is working on a similar measure, but hasn’t brought it to the floor for a vote. Not surprisingly, the auto industry has come out in favor of the revised guidelines and House bill. (more…)