A U.S. House committee Tuesday will hear calls for requiring new safeguards as part of any effort to accelerate the adoption of self-driving vehicles on U.S. roads.
At the same hearing, teams representing automakers and tech firms will tout the advantages of autonomous automobiles and warn America risks falling behind China and others without new legal support. U.S. legislators have been divided for years over what consumer and authorized protections must be added to any self-driving laws.
Jeffrey Tumlin, director of transportation for San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency (SMTA), will inform the Energy and Commerce subcommittee that Congress ought to order manufacturers to incorporate occasion data recorders in autonomous vehicles to “protect all data from sensors before a collision.”
Tumlin’s written testimony provides Congress ought to “ensure that each safety incident involving an autonomous car is documented in a national database that’s available to researchers and the general public.”
California requires corporations testing autonomous vehicles to disclose all accidents involving the automobiles on public roads, even when under manual control. Those reports have been made public, as is data on disengagements of autonomous vehicles.
John Bozzella, who leads an auto trade association representing General Motors, Toyota, Volkswagen, and others, will testify “the worst result would be for Congress to delay the enactment of meaningful laws that will set up the required federal framework to understand these safety and mobility solutions.”