Friday, October 26, 2018
In the U.S. Senate, a bill called AV START (American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies) has been proposed. The bill would require the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate design, construction, and performance of self-driving cars — preempting state laws already in place. State and local governments would continue to handle registration, licensing, insurance, and safety and emissions inspections. The bill is similar to the SELF DRIVE (Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution) measure already passed by the House of Representatives. Some safety advocates object to the bill primarily on the grounds it would increase the number of exemptions from safety standards applicable to human drivers. Automated vehicles are expected to save numerous lives by replacing human drivers, whose errors cause the vast majority of traffic accidents, with artificial intelligence. The Washington Examiner has the story.