House Committee Approves First Major Bill on Self-Driving CarsJuly 31, 2017
The U.S. House Committee approved the first major bill on self-driving cars entitled the SELF DRIVE Act, which stands for “Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research Vehicles Evolution Act.” This bipartisan bill favors autonomous vehicles in that it would allow car manufacturers to place up to 25,000 of the vehicles on the road in the first year they publicly roll out. Over three years, the total number of cars permitted on the road would increase to an annual cap of 100,000. The bill also aims to expedite the introduction of self-driving cars on the road. The vehicles would not be required to adhere to existing car safety standards either. When the House reconvenes in September, they will formally work on the bill.
According to supporters of self-driving cars, the amount of fatal motor vehicle accidents would be significantly reduced when autonomous vehicles are formally introduced on the road. Statistics point out that there was a nearly 10 percent increase from 2014-2015 in the amount of fatalities in car accidents with about 40,000 casualties per year in the U.S.
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