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The House Passed the First-Ever Autonomous Vehicles Bill, “SELF DRIVE Act” — Cruising Down the Road to the Senate

On September 6, 2017, the House took a major step toward enacting what could become the first-ever federal law to regulate autonomous vehicles. The Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act or the “SELF DRIVE Act” (H.R. 3388), introduced earlier by the House on July 25, 2017, and approved unanimously by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on July 27, 2017, was passed by voice vote immediately after the lawmakers came back from their summer recess. This fast-tracking shows that this bill is uncontroversial and bipartisan, which bodes well for autonomous vehicles and automakers and tech companies.

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Congress Supports the Deployment of Autonomous Vehicles ("AVs") — First-Ever Federal Laws Being Developed

The House Energy and Commerce Committee, on July 27, 2017, approved seven committee bills including H.R. 3388, Safely Ensuring Lives Future Deployment and Research in Vehicle Evolution Act or the “SELF DRIVE Act” by a unanimous vote of 54-0. https://energycommerce.house.gov/news-center/press-releases/54-0 According to the Committee, this legislation will prioritize consumer safety, reduce traffic-related fatalities, and clarify federal and state government roles around emerging automated vehicle technologies. This will be the first-ever legislation to be voted by the House that concerns AVs.

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