House Committee to Meet on Driverless Vehicle Legislation June 27

A driver in Daimler's autonomous truck
Daimler AG

Measures meant to assist companies with the deployment of driverless vehicles will be considered by a House panel on June 27.

The Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection Subcommittee scheduled the hearing to kick off the debate on legislation that policymakers and industry stakeholders have said is needed to improve safety and commerce along the country’s transportation network.

The hearing will take place two weeks after key senators outlined provisions for legislation on self-driving vehicles. The Senate bill would aim to avoid favoring business models, clarify the roles of federal and state regulators, strengthen cybersecurity and promote the adoption of vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

“These principles underscore our commitment to prioritizing safety, fixing outdated rules, and clarifying the role of federal and state governments,” said Commerce Committee Chairman John Thune (R-S.D.), a co-drafter of the bill. Democratic Sens. Bill Nelson of Florida and Gary Peters of Michigan are collaborating with Thune on the measure.

American Trucking Associations CEO Chris Spear has indicated driverless vehicle technology is emerging and federal lawmakers should advance new regulatory authorities for the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Vehicles on the roadways have features such as emergency braking and lane departure warning systems, which use artificial intelligence systems integral to self-driving vehicles.