Congress is ready to try again on AV legislation

“There’s a real desire to move something successful here that does enable the long-term safe development and deployment of this technology,” said Jason Levine, executive director of the Center for Auto Safety. “I wouldn’t read the failure at the end of the last Congress as an indication something can’t get over the finish line.”

Congress will soon renew efforts to pass legislation that clears the way for the deployment of tens of thousands of automated vehicles on roads across America.

House and Senate leaders are seeking input from a broad swath of stakeholders to help formulate a self-driving vehicle bill that addresses everything from access for people with disabilities to cybersecurity concerns.

A letter circulated by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation said lawmakers are working on a “bipartisan and bicameral basis” to lay groundwork for a bill. Comments from stakeholders are due to the committees by Aug. 23. Once Congress reconvenes next month, transportation officials and policy analysts say that, despite broad polarization, they expect a “genuine” and “earnest” attempt to make the legislation a priority.

Read the full article in Automotive News.