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U.S. House Hears Pleas for Self-Driving Regs

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Feb. 12, 2020—The New York Times reports that a subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives heard arguments about how lawmakers should regulate the safety of self-driving vehicles as the industry pushes to launch automated services.

Legislation has been drafted on the subject, but the Times report says that the subcommittee hearing didn't portend a consensus among subcommittee members.

One rule being considered is to require manufacturers to include event data recorders (similar to a "black box") in vehicles to get crash data. Another proposal would require "airplane-style certification" of autonomous vehicles, according to the story.

Lawmakers and automakers will also compete with a patchwork of state laws that will govern the new technology. An OEM representative lobbied the subcommittee against delaying industry's progress in developing self-driving vehicles.

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