Nobody’s perfect, no driver is perfect. In recent years, automotive companies have begun initial deployment of smart driving technologies that aid a driver in dangerous situations. A once unforeseeable future of a car stopping itself to prevent a deadly accident is now a common reality in many new cars today. Now that we are moving into the future of the automotive industry it is clear that with rapidly changing technology, the future of self-driving cars (SDC) is on the horizon. But despite the promising future of automotive technology, many in the automotive industry agree that the current state of regulations hinders the growth of SDC. Congress soon wants to change that.
Today, the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, led by Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee Congressman Greg Walden (R-Ore.), held a hearing on the regulatory state of SDC, introducing a 14 bill package in an effort to end the patchwork of state by state regulations that hinder innovation in SDC and the automotive industry.