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You've Got Mail: Democrats Pen Concerns on Landmark Autonomous Car Bill

Political letters: an underappreciated variation on political memos. Five Democratic US Senators released a letter on March 14 that urged changes to the Senate autonomous vehicles bill. The bill, which would fast-track the development and deployment of self-driving cars, raised concerns that "the bill indefinitely preempts state and local safety regulations even if federal safety standards are never developed," according to the letter by Senators Feinstein, Blumenthal, Gillibrand, Udall, and Markey.

DOT Calls for Comment Cards on Automated Vehicle Policy

This is one survey request you might want to open. This week, the US Department of Transportation published several notices for public comment involving automated cars, trucks, buses, and light rail.

NHTSA Prepares to Let Loose on Self-Driving Regs

Car safety regulations requiring human hands and feet may be getting the boot. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has asked industry players to share their feedback on “any unnecessary regulatory barriers to automated safety technologies.” The agency aims to “encourage innovation without reducing safety.” The effort follows actions taken by the Transportation Department and Congress to change safety demands on self-driving vehicle developers. Regulators are clearly indicating that there’s no foot needed to put the pedal to the metal.

Autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) is garnering a lot of attention

Autonomous vehicle technology (AVT) is garnering a lot of attention, and its hypothetical impact on society will very soon be a reality.  Earlier in September the House of Representatives passed H.R.3388 - SELF DRIVE Act laying the framework for AVT regulation.  That bill, now in the Senate, was the subject of a recent Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee hearing on the future of self-driving vehicles and the impact of AVT on the

Congress Aims to Check and Balance States for Autonomous Car Development

  Congress is cruising through its first venture into an area dominated by Silicon Valley, automakers, and state lawmakers. The House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that would give federal regulators oversight over safety and performance standards for self-driving cars, allowing for exemptions and flexibility as the technology develops. To read the full story from the Detroit Free Press, click here.