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What They’re Saying About the House Passage of the SELF DRIVE Act


WASHINGTON, DC – Today the House of Representatives unanimously passed H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act, first-of-its-kind legislation to pave the way for the safe development, testing, and deployment of self-driving cars on America’s roadways.

The SELF DRIVE Act improves the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)’s ability to adapt federal safety standards to this emerging technology, and clarifies federal and state roles with respect to self-driving cars.

Read on to see what people are saying about this bipartisan bill.

Wired: Congress unites (gasp) to spread self-driving cars across AmericaOn Wednesday, the House of Representatives did something that’s woefully uncommon these days: It passed a bill with bipartisan support. The bill, called the SELF DRIVE Act, lays out a basic federal framework for autonomous vehicle regulation, signaling that federal lawmakers are finally ready to think seriously about self-driving cars and what they mean for the future of the country. Click here to read the full article. 

The Washington Post: The U.S. House just paved the way for more self-driving cars: Thousands of self-driving cars are now that much closer to hitting the streets as House lawmakers approved a bill Wednesday to expand companies’ ability to test the next-generation technology. It’s a major step forward for tech companies, Detroit manufacturers and urban planners who believe automated cars will transform the economy. Click here to read the full article. 

The Verge: The US is speeding toward its first national law for self-driving carsThe US House of Representatives passed a bill today that could accelerate the rollout of self-driving technology. The Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act, or “SELF DRIVE” Act, quickly cleared the House with unanimous support, and now moves to the Senate. If it passes there, it could become the first national law for self-driving cars in the United States. The overarching goal of the Self Drive Act is to establish a federal framework for the regulation of self-driving cars, something industry experts say is sorely needed in the early days of the technology. Click here to read the full article. 

The Wall Street Journal: House approves self-driving car legislationThe House on Wednesday passed legislation aimed at removing regulatory barriers to development of self-driving cars, a victory for autonomous-vehicle companies that say a proliferation of state rules has created a confusing patchwork for the industry. Click here to read the full article. 

TechCrunch: US House of Representatives passes new bipartisan self-driving car billThe U.S. House approved a bill called the SELF-DRIVE act, which was put together bot both Democrats and Republicans – a rarity in today’s congressional goings-on. If it becomes law (which still requires it to pass the Senate), then it would make it possible for companies working on self-driving to field a lot more vehicles per year – as many as 100,000 autonomous test cars annually, in fact. Click here to read the full article. 

The New York Times: Self-driving cars’ prospects rise with vote by House: Lawmakers in the House took a major step on Wednesday toward advancing the development of driverless cars, approving legislation that would put the vehicles onto public roads more quickly and curb states from slowing their spread. Under the bill, which was approved by a unanimous voice vote, carmakers can add hundreds of thousands of self-driving cars to America’s road in the next few years. Click here to read the full article.

Engadget: US House sends self-driving car bill to the SenateSELF DRIVE, or the Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research In Vehicle Evolution Act, will allow companies to test up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles on regular roads, even if they don’t meet current safety standards. What this legislation does is give companies researching and actively working on self-driving tech a chance to prove their technology is safe. Click here to read the full article. 

Americans for Tax Reform penned an op-ed, “The ‘Self Drive’ Act puts America on the road to reducing congestion“: Testing of self-driving cars (SDC) is happening worldwide, and the benefits include safety, air-quality, and the all-important quality of life measure – reduced commute time. Despite the promising future of self-driving technology, the current undefined regulatory structure creates unnecessary barriers. Congress wants to change that. Click here to read the op-ed. 

The R Street Institute took to Twitter:

The Consumer Tech Association also tweeted:

Global Automakers said:

Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey voiced his support:

TechNet released a statement following today’s vote: “We applaud the House leadership, as well as Chairman Bob Latta (R-OH) and Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) for spearheading this bipartisan effort to chart the right approach to this issue.  We look forward to the introduction of similar legislation in the Senate soon, and ultimately seeing the nation’s first major self-driving vehicle safety law signed by the President during this Congress.”

So did the U.S. Chamber of Commerce: “Their bipartisan consensus shows the importance of this technology and the benefits it will afford Americans. Consistent with the Chamber’s past position on preemption for all modes of transportation, we applaud the committee’s work to strengthen provisions to limit the possibility of excessive litigation that could ultimately delay, hinder, or halt development.”

And Intel: “As a leading technology provider in the fast-growing market for autonomous vehicles, Intel has supportedCongressional efforts to advance key provisions of the SELF DRIVE Act since its inception. We especially commend the Act’s recognition of the important role that technology companies are playing in the development, testing and deployment of autonomous vehicles.”

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