Two key committees in the U.S Congress have announced that they are planning to revive efforts to pass long-stalled legislation in order to speed up the adoption of self-driving cars.
Congress ‘abandoned’ efforts to pass legislation on self-driving cars before it adjourned in December.
Reuters reports that The House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Commerce Committee have sent automakers, safety groups and others interested in the bill a request for input and said they were working on a ‘bipartisan and bicameral basis to develop a self-driving car bill.’
The Alliance of Automobile Manufactures that represents General Motors, Volkswagen AG, Toyota Motor Corp and others, is said to have praised the announcement.
According to Reuters spokeswoman Gloria Bergquist said, ‘Right now various countries are exploring regulations that will shape the future of autonomous vehicles, and the U.S risks losing its leadership in this life-saving, life-changing technology, so we urge Congress to move forward now, this year.’
The letter is reported to sought input by August 23 on a variety of issues. The issues include federal rules, testing, privacy, disability access, cyber security, consumer education and crash data.
The U.S House unanimously passed legislation in September 2017 by voice vote to speed the adoption of self-driving cars, but it stalled in the Senate last year.