House to Hold Hearing on 14 Self-Driving Bills

The House digital commerce and consumer protection subcommittee plans to hold a June 27 hearing on discussion drafts of 14 self-driving vehicle bills. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

“These discussion drafts are a significant step towards introduction of meaningful legislation that will ensure consumer safety and provide clarity for federal and state governments on their role in regulating self-driving vehicles,” said subcommittee Chairman Bob Latta (R., Ohio). “Over time, this technology has demonstrated its potential to transform the transportation industry and save thousands of lives, and this hearing provides an opportunity to start this critically important discussion here in the House. Next week, members will explore how this legislation can increase safety, improve access and mobility, and grow our understanding of self-driving cars.”

Among the discussion drafts is one for the Automated Driving System Cybersecurity Advisory Council Act, which a news release said would direct “the Secretary of Transportation to establish a Federal Advisory Committee to undertake information gathering activities, develop technical advice, and present recommendations to the Secretary regarding cybersecurity for the testing, deployment, and updating of automated driving systems with respect to supply chain risk management, interactions with ISACs and ISAOs, and a framework for identifying and implementing recalls.”

Also, the MEMO Act would direct the Federal Trade Commission and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration “to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the agencies’ oversight of highly automated vehicle privacy and cybersecurity.” —Paul Kirby, paul.kirby@wolterskluwer.com

Courtesy TRDaily