The US Congress wants to get a jump start to put self-driving cars bill

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – the Two most important committees in the U.S. Congress on Tuesday, ” she said, a revival of the efforts of the long-stalled legislation to speed the adoption of self-driving cars.

FILE PHOTO: A Waymo self-driving vehicle is parked outside of the Alphabet in the company’s offices, where all the testing of autonomous vehicles in Chandler, Arizona, USA, March 21, 2018. (REUTERS photo/Heather Somerville

The House Energy and Commerce Committee and the Senate Commerce Committee and sent to the car manufacturers, safety groups, and others who are interested in working on the bill with a request for a search input and said that they were working on a “political and bicameral basis-to the development of a self-driving car, bill.”

In December, Congress abandoned efforts to pass legislation on self-driving cars before it is adjourned, and in a blow to companies such as General Motors Co. and Alphabet, Inc. Waymo unit.

The Energy and Commerce Committee, said in a statement on Tuesday it is “committed to finding a solution to the balance of the American free spirit, with a clear federal framework for the advancement of the technology that will save lives, improve mobility, and for many of us, and economic growth. We believe in an open process that will give you an outcome we can all support.”In the letter, wanted, by Aug. 23, on a variety of topics, including federal regulations, both the current and new tests, privacy, access for people with reduced mobility, cyber security, consumer education, and crash data.

The U.S. House unanimously passed the legislation in September, 2017, by voice vote, the rate of adoption of self-driving cars, but it stalled in the Senate last year. Despite a series of concessions by the auto manufacturers, the bill was not able to overcome the objections of some Democrats who have said that it is not enough to solve security problems.

Under the previous legislation, the car manufacturers would have been able to win exemptions from the rules relating to the safety and security that will require human inspection. States shall ensure that rules relating to registration, licensing, liability, insurance, and safety inspections, but does not have the requisite norms and standards.

In October, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said it is considering a pilot program to a real-world road testing in a limited number of vehicles with no human supervision.

The car manufacturers have to meet is currently at about 75 vehicle safety standards, many of which have been written on the assumption that a driver with a driver’s license in the state in order to drive the vehicle with the use of traditional controls.

In January of 2017, when GM, which has filed a petition with the NHTSA seeking an exemption for the use of fully automated vehicles to implement the vehicle without the steering wheel to the end of 2019 at the latest; and that the request is still being processed.

Last month, GM’s self-driving system, a Cruise, and said that the delay in the commercial deployment of the vehicle at the target for 2019 is more of the test vehicles was necessary.

Report by David Shepardson; Editing by Sandra Maler and Dan Grebler

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