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US politicians unite on self-driving car regulation

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee has unanimously passed the Self Drive Act, which makes it easier for NHTSA (the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, an arm of the federal Department of Transportation) to regulate what a self-driving car will look like (rather than each manufacturer and technology developer trying to meet the rules of 50 states, hundreds of cities and thousands of counties) and to grant permits for hundreds of thousands of self-driving cars to hit the road for testing.

As TechCrunch notes, it now goes to the Senate, “but with broad-based, bipartisan support, its chances look good”. A lot more work remains on the regulatory front before any real world version of fully autonomous vehicles are available to consumers. TechCrunch

  • Tuesday, 19 September 2017

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