Upton Self-Driving Car Legislation Gains Committee Approval
Bipartisan legislation would help spur self-driving car innovations without sacrificing safety
U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today joined his colleagues on the House Energy and Commerce Committee in advancing seven bipartisan pieces of legislation. Among those was H.R. 3406, the PAVE Act authored by Upton and U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Michigan, which was approved by a 54 to 0 vote.
“The future of the automobile is here and the automotive industry is completely revolutionizing how we will get around for decades to come,” said Upton. “Self-driving cars will play a critical role in Michigan’s economy and it’s important we have guidelines in place to help create jobs and boost our economy without sacrificing safety. This bipartisan legislation will allow self-driving car manufacturers to innovate while keeping gold standard safety levels in place.”
This bipartisan legislation expands existing authority for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to evaluate and approve exemptions from federal motor vehicle safety standards only if there is no reduction in safety. Increasing the number of vehicles for which exemptions may be granted helps promote the development and testing of new, innovative safety features. Exemptions are also critical to the development of self-driving car technology because it allows industry to innovate and collect necessary information and data that will help drive these technologies forward.
In order for a manufacturer to receive an exemption, the manufacturer must demonstrate the vehicle is safe. Under the PAVE Act, NHTSA maintains its ability to recall any exempted vehicle that poses a safety risk.