In this episode, Robert and Zaira discuss the SELF DRIVE Act as well as various other pending state rules and regulations in California and New Hampshire. In September 2017, the House of Representatives passed “The Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act”, H. R. 3388 (The SELF DRIVE Act for short). This bill establishes the federal government’s role in providing safety measures for driverless cars. Among other things, it allows for driverless car manufacturers to apply for an exemption to federal motor vehicle safety standards. The bill passed the House of Representatives unanimously and received bipartisan support from both Republicans and Democrats. The bill then went to the Senate for approval. It passed the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and is now awaiting approval from the entire chamber. If it passes the Senate, it will then go to the President for approval to become a law.
Similarly, states like California and New Hampshire are also considering driverless and self-driving regulations.