The U.S. House passed a bill on Wednesday to speed up the process of self-driving car deployment. In order to help boost the advancement of autonomy, new legislation reveals that up to 100,000 of these vehicles wouldn’t be subject to current safety standards in the next few years. This means that ultimately, the federal government would have final say over state regulations.
According to the bill, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) would be in charge of regulating autonomous vehicles and would overrule state laws. These laws would be developed within a year and up to 50,000 vehicles would be exempt from current safety rules. That number would double in two years.
No, self-driving cars wouldn’t be running around our cities with no restrictions. Vehicles still need to adhere to at least the current standards, but this would create more equality when it comes to testing autonomy across the country.
As of now, many states have a different set of rules when it comes to testing these vehicles out. Their ability to regulate drivers remains unchanged, and they still have the power to decide if the autonomous car can hit the road.