President Donald Trump’s administration is set to reveal modified self-driving vehicle guidelines next week in Michigan, in response to automakers’ calls for removal of legal barriers to putting autonomous vehicles on the road, sources informed on the matter stated.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao was expected to reveal the revised guidelines next Tuesday at a self-driving vehicle testing center in Ann Arbor, Michigan, four individuals informed on the matter stated.
The White House Office of Management and Budget authorized the concealed Transportation Department changes to the guidelines on August 31, according a posting on a government website.
On Wednesday, the United States Legislature will vote on a proposal to speed implementation of self-driving cars without human controls and bar states from obstructing autonomous cars. The measure could assist numerous automakers and tech companies keep their promises of getting self-driving vehicles on the market by 2020 or 2021.
The House will vote on the bills under fast-track rules that permit no amendments. A bipartisan group of U.S. senators dealing with similar legislation has not introduced a bill.
The bills, passed unanimously by a House panel in July, would permit automakers to acquire exemptions to deploy as much as 25,000 vehicles without meeting present car safety standards in the first year. Over three years, the cap would increase to 100,000 vehicles yearly.
The House measure would need automakers to provide regulators with safety evaluation reports proposed in the 2016 self-driving guidelines, however would not need pre-market approval of advanced auto technologies.