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Policy

self-driving legislation. The House
passed the SELF DRIVE Act (H.R.
3388) and the Senate Commerce
Committee passed the AV START Act
(S. 1885), which still needs to be considered by the full Senate.
Both the House and Senate bills
address key issues important in enabling
vehicle technology to advance. First,
they harmonize the federal and state
roles in regulating vehicle safety, providing clarification that the federal government regulates vehicle performance
and safety requirements. With this distinction clarified, a potential patchwork
of different requirements across the
country can be avoided. This means
state governments retain responsibility
for insurance requirements, liability
considerations and licensing.
Another critical element of both bills
is the increase in the number, length and
scope of exemptions from FMVSS. The

If the House and
Senate bills iron
out their differences,
we can expect the
President to sign
the bill, changing the
future of self-driving
vehicles in the U.S.
exemption process, overseen by
NHTSA, allows for testing of new
vehicle designs and safety features
and for the limited sale of such vehicles.
Increasing exemptions is essential in
getting SDVs on the roads for real-world
testing along with the data collection
necessary to shape future regulations
and prove the safety of vehicles that
would currently not meet FMVSS.
In the long term, updates to FMVSS
are necessary to accommodate the

TECHNOLOGY
BROUGHT SIGHT
TO HIS EYES
AND A TEAR
TO HERS.

changing safety features and designs
of self-driving vehicles. There are
currently hundreds of references in
the federal vehicle safety code to
human drivers and many safety standards require elements that may not
be necessary or wise in a fully selfdriving vehicle. It will take substantial
time and planning to update the
outdated standards or create a new
approach, and both bills lay out processes for how regulators should do so.
What will 2018 bring? If the
House and Senate bills iron out
their differences, we can expect the
President to sign the bill, changing
the future of self-driving vehicles
in the U.S. Together with regulators
at DOT, Congress and the executive
branch we can predict that transportation will be reshaped to save
lives and improve safety and mobility
in the future.


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