U.S. House Republicans may introduce bills barring states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars

If some reports are believed U.S. House Republicans may introduce bills later this week that would bar states from setting their own rules for self-driving cars and take other steps to remove obstacles to putting such vehicles on the road. This is seen as a consequence to the regular proddings by the automakers, auto suppliers, and other related groups to the Congress to bring legislation governing self-driving car technology.


Recently, U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee had held a hearing on a Republican draft package of 14 bills last month. The draft has provisions that would allow the U.S. regulators to exempt up to 100,000 vehicles a year per manufacturer from federal motor vehicle safety rules that prevent the sale of self-driving vehicles without human controls. The draft also prevents the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration from pre-approving self-driving car technologies

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, Association of Global Automakers and other such bodies are forming a Coalition for Future Mobility, which would include General Motors, Volkswagen AG, Toyota Motor, Honda, Hyndai etc. The purpose of the alliance is to press the Congress to come up with legislation that would end ambiguity due to different rules in the states. The technology giants have also been urging the Congress to smoothen the process and rules regarding self-driving vehicles.

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