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Calls for federal regulation of autonomous vehicles

People who live in Missouri may have varied opinions on the continuing evolution of self-driving cars. Some might be fearful of this new technology especially in light of the string of accidents that have made news headlines in recent months. Others might welcome the potential benefits this technology brings including opening new doors for the elderly or disabled who struggle with transportation options due to their limited mobility.

Either way, the fact remains that autonomous vehicles are fast becoming a reality. One of the big questions the nation faces now is how to manage this emerging technology and industry. To date, there has been little federal regulation of this technology but the U.S. House of Representatives has now passed the Self Drive Act. As explained by CNBC, this legislation is an attempt to bring the United States more current on its oversight of self-driving cars like Europe and Asia.

The bill is said to be crafted so that is still promotes the ongoing advancement and development of self-driving technology but provides some safety nets for consumers along the way. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has had the ability to recall any vehicle it deemed unsafe and now, thanks to the Self Drive Act, the NHTSA can do the same for an autonomous vehicle that it deems unsafe.

Companies that develop self-driving cars will be required to provide certifications of safety assessments although no details on when or how often those assessments must be completed is known. Given that safety is a touted benefit of these cars, monitoring these things is logical and important.


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