Sponsors believe self-driving vehicle technologies will save lives, improve mobility for people with disabilities, and create new jobs. Measure supported by vehicle manufacturers, but consumer groups concerned it weakens safety rules.
U.S. Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) last week announced the introduction of S. 1885, The American Vision for Safer Transportation Through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act. Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) are original cosponsors. The Commerce Committee will consider the legislation at a legislative markup on Wednesday October 4.