U.S. Federal Government takes charge of autonomous vehicle deployment regulations

Published: September 8, 2017

Updated: July 24, 2018

Author: Luke Jones



The U.S. House of Representatives has moved on Wednesday to speed up the development and introduction of autonomous vehicles. In a successful vote, a bill was passed to give the federal government to increase deployment regulations to 100,000 vehicles per year and exempt car manufacturers from safety standards that would not be valid for self-driving technology.

Carried by a voice vote, the bill means state and local authorities hand their power to the federal government to regulate autonomous vehicles. However, individual states will still have the power to permit self-driving cars on their roads or not.

The decision comes after manufacturers argued sporadic state laws have hampered development and deployment of their vehicles. Automakers argue introducing driverless vehicles as soon as possible with save lives. The technology is predicted to drastically reduce injuries and fatalities. Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that 94 per cent of collisions come from human mistakes.

A new bill is also being prepared by the members of the Senate Commerce Committee, a bipartisan legislation that “gives the auto industry the tools to revolutionize how we’re going to get around for generations to come,” said Rep. Fred Upton, a Michigan Republican.