Federal Autonomous Car Legislation Blocked in Senate
Three Senators, all democrats, have blocked the AV START Act from progressing to the Senate floor for a vote, reports Automotive News—but not on partisan grounds.
Instead, the Senators blocking the bill have concerns about the safety and security of autonomous cars. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, has expressed concern that the technology may not yet be developed enough to unleash on roads all over America. Feinstein should know, as a great deal of autonomous testing is taking place in her state due to permissive regulations, and accidents are happening.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut is similarly concerned about safety and wants to require a fallback mechanism so that the driver can resume manual control of the car if needed. Meanwhile, Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts is concerned about privacy and cybersecurity.
The AV START Act would allow up to 100,000 autonomous cars to be rolled out onto public roads across the U.S. This would override state laws on autonomous cars, including states that require manual controls or ban autonomous cars entirely.
Proponents of the bill want to get it pushed through as quickly as possible so that the extensive rollout and testing can begin nationwide. The fastest way would be a unanimous passage in committee, which would enact the legislation without bringing it to the Senate floor. But only takes one negative vote to overturn this, and currently, the committee has three.
The Act can be brought to a vote on the Senate floor in an attempt to pass it if it continues to stall in committee. However, the Senate has more pressing concerns right now than autonomous cars, such as passing a budget and immigration legislation.
How can this problem of congestion be solved? This whitepaper, Solving Curbside Congestion with Technology Innovations, discusses how technological ingenuity is crucial to reduce curbside congestion and to make cities safer, healthier and more livable.
Join Venture Smarter and our partners at one or more of these events to connect with industry insiders, practitioners, solution partners, and project planners working to build better places to live, work, and visit.
StateScoop — Four development teams have taken home top prizes in a competition for advanced infrastructure proposals, each securing up to $10 million in investment capital.
Zach Huhn, chief executive of the Venture Smarter technology collaborative, said that for the higher-tech aspects of automated travel, public agencies should let the automotive sector lead the way rather than risk getting stuck with expensive, but incompatible, systems.
The Knight Foundation is stepping directly into the smart cities and transportation arena with the award of more than $5 million to five cities.
Pedestrian safety is a serious problem in New Jersey. Last year alone, 184 people died in pedestrian-vehicle crashes, according to the New Jersey State Police.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) today published a Notice of Funding Opportunity for $15 million to fund two new University Transportation Centers (UTCs).
Columbus has been rapidly innovating since its Smart Columbus plan won the U.S. DOT Smart City Challenge in June 2016, and this new pilot adds to a growing list of steps the city is taking to become a leader in transportation technology and research.
The Safer and Smarter Arizona Roadways Initiative aims to foster safer roadway navigation and interaction by supporting intelligent decision making using data derived from an infrastructure-to-vehicle (I2V) communication platform.
I am convinced that most solutions are already here to address our biggest road safety problems. We only need the internal fortitude, the moral compass, and the strength of conviction to apply the tools at our disposal.