The United States House of Representatives released its early draft of self-driving car framework earlier this month and it would mean more federal government control and less say from individual states.
Reuters reports the self-driving car plan would diminish states’ rights and limit what a particular state could regulate with regards to autonomous cars and their rollout. California and New York have proposed legislation to initially limit the roll out of driverless cars and associated technology.
The federal plan would represent a victory for companies like General Motors and even tech giants like Alphabet’s Waymo unit and it also would make the National Highway Traffic and Safety Association the de facto regulator for self-driving cars with more power than state agencies.
States would still be able to control and set insurance and registration rules, but autonomous technology regulation would be off limits, only to be reviewed by the federal government. An interesting portion of the proposal would also classify crash data and other testing information from autonomous cars as “confidential business information.”
General Motors has deployed a fleet of autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EVs in a handful of states including California, Arizona and Michigan. The automaker has also been lobbying for relaxed regulations to test future driverless technology on public roads. Michigan has emerged as a very self-driving car-friendly state in the process.