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Self-Drive Act Passed By U.S. House

September 11, 2017 0 Comments

For today’s story, the future of self-driving cars just took a step forward thanks in part to action from the U.S. Federal Government.

According to multiple media reports, including TechCrunch, the U.S. House of representatives voted in favor of the Self-drive act. Essentially, the bill gives authority to the federal government to regulate how self-driving cars function, what safety features are critical and permit the deployment of some 100,000 self driving vehicles per manufacturer, per year. Generally, NHTSA will govern self-driving cars and states will govern vehicle drivers.

Other issues involved with self-driving technology include:
How can self-driving semi-trucks impact the trucking industry?
What will auto insurance look like for a self-driving car?

Who is responsible for an accident and how will self-driving cars prioritize accident decisions?

Finally, What role will hacking play in the age of consumer vehicles controlled by an on board computer?

Regulation that is easier to navigate for automakers will make it easier for dealer groups operating in multiple states to be able to rely on one set of federal self-driving regulations, in lieu of state-by-state differences. If the Self-drive act does pass the Senate and is signed into law, it would also mean dealers across the USA would have an even playing field in regards to self-driving vehicle regulation.

If the U.S. federal government is given authority over self-driving cars, what are the other impacts that come to mind for dealers? In addition, what are some of the challenges dealers will face in the age of self-driving cars?

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