Yesterday, Sens. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) and John Thune (R-S.D.) announced a joint effort to explore legislation in self-driving vehicle technology, aiming to introduce a bill this year. In the statement, they said, “we will work closely with our colleagues, interested safety and mobility advocates, and other leaders in automated vehicle technology to find solutions that enable the safe testing and deployment of self-driving vehicles and assure public confidence. We both recognize that public policy must adapt to this new, rapidly-changing technology to ensure the federal government maintains safety while leaving room for innovators to reach their full potential.”
Sen. Thune is chairman of the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has legislative jurisdiction over the Department of Transportation. Sen. Peters is also a member of the Commerce Committee. Both Sens. Thune and Peters have reached out to MEMA to solicit input on the legislation.