The California Assembly voted 75-0 for a bill allowing insurers to conduct labor rate surveys under new formats. Now the California labor rate survey bill will be discussed on Wednesday by the Senate Insurance Committee.
The proposal puts federal regulators in the driver’s seat and bars states from blocking autonomous vehicles. it would allow automakers to obtain exemptions to deploy up to 25,000 vehicles without meeting existing auto safety standards in the first year.
Last month, a House of Representatives panel unanimously approved a measure that would exempt tens of thousands of autonomous vehicles from current restrictions and sent it to the floor for a vote—which just got scheduled for next week.
U.S. Department of Transportation leaders reaffirmed their commitment to ensure the adoption and implementation of automated technologies across transportation modes, the agency indicated in a new policy document.
HR 3388, the Self Drive Act, unanimously passed the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee late last month; companion action awaits introduction in the Senate in September. The Coalition for Future Mobility—a growing coalition of twelve transportation, passenger safety, and consumer interest stakeholders—urged the passage of federal self-driving vehicle legislation.