US House of Representatives passes SELF DRIVE Act

The US House of Representatives today unanimously passed H.R. 3388, the SELF DRIVE Act of 2017, paving the way for self-driving cars on US roads.

The bipartisan legislation is aimed at ensuring the safe and innovative development, testing and deployment of self-driving cars.

"Self-driving cars hold the promise of making America's roads safer"

Although self-driving technology is already being developed and tested across the US, the Act will update federal motor vehicle safety standards to account for advances in technology and the evolution of highly automated vehicles.

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

“Self-driving cars hold the promise of making America’s roads safer, creating new economic opportunities, and helping seniors and those with disabilities live more independently,” said Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden and Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta.

“The SELF DRIVE Act strikes the critical balance of enhancing consumer safety while promoting the continued development of this cutting-edge technology.

“This bipartisan bill paves the way for advanced collision avoidance systems and self-driving cars nationwide, and ensures that America stays a global leader in innovation.”