Federal preemption is the key provision of the Senate's autonomous vehicle legislation.
The release of the Senate's autonomous vehicle bill comes on the heels of the House overwhelmingly passing AV legislation during the summer. AVs are expected to significantly reduce traffic accidents, improve fuel efficiency, and increase access to transportation for the blind, the elderly, and the disabled.
Lawmakers are tackling AV issues such as federal preemption, safety standards, and exemptions for automakers, among other key concerns.
On the agenda at budget hearings this week will be energy innovation, the proper size of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), offshore drilling, and oil production on public lands.
Legislators are concerned with balancing safety and innovation, while helping industry accelerate the development and deployment of AVs on U.S. roadways.
The absence of federal policy on autonomous vehicles is now at the point where it’s beginning to be problematic: The state-by-state regulatory patchwork that many stakeholders have cautioned against has materialized.
With U.S. infrastructure in dire need of investment, lawmakers and business groups make the case for action but differ on approach.
House Panel Highlights the Need for Greater Consumer Education on AV Capabilities, and for a National Regulatory Framework
Both lawmakers and witnesses at a House hearing noted that the transition period to full autonomy holds significant challenges, including integration of semi-autonomous features into the vehicle fleet.
There’s growing evidence of the natural link between autonomous and electric vehicles.
Lawmakers are mostly in agreement that U.S. infrastructure needs a major overhaul, but how exactly to fund projects will be the sticking point going forward.